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Iran tells Japan it is exercising restraint despite escalation of U.S. sanctions

Iran is committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington "unacceptable".
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo as tensions rise in the Middle East, fuelling concerns that the United States and Iran are heading for conflict.
Iran is exercising "maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from (the) JCPOA last May," Zarif said at the start of his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
He was referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in 2015 by the United States, Iran and other countries, under which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment capacity and won sanctions relief in return.
Iran tells Japan it is exercising restraint despite escalation of U.S. sanctions
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono share a laugh at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS
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