Comment by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Enactment of the Iran and Libya Sanctions Extension Act of 2001

August 8, 2001

  1. The Government of Japan is aware that the Iran and Libya Sanctions Extension Act of 2001 came into effect on August 3 when President Bush signed it.

  2. Considering that the Sanctions Act might not only give rise to the extraterritorial application of domestic laws, which is not permissible under international law, but also be inconsistent with the WTO Agreements, the Government of Japan has repeatedly conveyed its concerns to the U.S. side.

  3. It is regrettable that the Act came into effect with these problems still unsolved, despite Japan's repeated appeals. We strongly urge the U.S. administration to implement the Act carefully while maintaining its consistency with international law.

  4. The Government of Japan intends to have candid dialog with Iran and Libya about the concerns of the international community about those two countries.

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