Statement by Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran Following the Presidential Election

June 22, 2009

  1. Japan views the conflicts surrounding the results of the presidential election that took place in the Islamic Republic of Iran on June 12 as something that should be resolved through the efforts and wisdom of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its citizens, and is keeping close watch on the development of these initiatives.
  2. Japan is extremely concerned about the causalities that have resulted from the protests that are being held. A situation that results in such victims should be avoided. Japan strongly requests a peaceful resolution.
  3. Japan will also continue to be greatly interested in and carefully observe how the situation is dealt with in a suitable manner in the Iranian system. In this process, Japan believes that granting each opinion and view the appropriate amount of respect is essential.