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Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba

Date: Friday, December 9, 2011, 8:45 a.m.
Place: In the Diet

Main topics:

  1. Opening Remarks
    • (1) Additional Accompanying Measures pursuant to UN Security Resolution on Iran
  2. Domestic Political Situation (Omitted)
  3. Expanding the scope of application regarding the measures to be taken following the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution toward Iran

1. Opening Remarks

(1) Additional Accompanying Measures pursuant to UN Security Resolution on Iran

Minister Gemba: In view of the current situation over Iran's nuclear issue including the recent adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors' resolution, it has been decided at the today's Cabinet Meeting that, as part of our contribution to the international effort for the international peace, Japan will expand the subjects to which the actions accompanying the Security Council Resolution Item 1929 implemented last year apply.
As for the financial transaction with Iran, we have renewed our request to financial institutions and other concerned parties on 5th of this month that they shall abide by the relevant regulations such as ensuring personal identification.
We strongly urge Iran to make a sensible decision to resolve the concern of the international community. We have a traditional relationship with Iran in political and economic and other fields, we will persistently continue with our approach to Iran.

2. Domestic Political Situation (Omitted)

- (Omitted)

3. Expanding the scope of application regarding the measures to be taken following the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution toward Iran

Sakai, Sankei Shimbun: As for the sanctions on Iran, are we to understand that such measures will be limited to financial transactions?

Minister Gemba: Now I will be more specific on this matter. As these measures involve asset freeze and the resultant termination of correspondent relation, 106 entities and 1 individual that could assist Iran's nuclear activities will be added to the list, bringing the total number to 267 entities and 66 individuals. Furthermore, by adding 3 Iranian banks that could provide assistance to Iran's nuclear activities, the total number of banks that are subject to these measures will be 20.

Sakai, Sankei Shimbun: Do you think it would be difficult for Japan to impose import restriction on crude oil as its own unilateral sanction measure?

Minister Gemba: At any rate, for the moment, we will proceed with the judgment we have made so far. As I have mentioned earlier, we will patiently continue with our efforts of reaching out to Iran, while working in close coordination with the international community to consider further responses. I believe that this will be a very important matter.

Shimada, NHK: There is a possibility that the United States or other countries would call for additional enforcement measures in future. In such case, can I understand that you would consider further sanctions?

Minister Gemba: As I have mentioned earlier, we need to maintain close communication with the United States as well as with other countries. The important thing is that we should all share the same goal, because only then we can discuss which countries should carry out which measures to achieve that goal in the best possible way. Traditionally, each country has its unique bilateral relationship, Therefore, when making decisions, we would like to take that into consideration.

Sakai, Sankei Shimbun: Is this an approval or a decision of the Cabinet?

Minister Gemba: It is a Cabinet approval.


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