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Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the agreement between EU3+3 and Iran on Iran’s nuclear issue

November 24, 2013

1. Japan welcomes the fact that an agreement has been reached in the negotiation between Iran and EU 3+3 that was held in Geneva on 24th November as the first significant step toward a comprehensive solution of the nuclear issue.

2. Japan has consistently urged the Iranian side to demonstrate flexibility since the launch of the Rouhani administration through the dispatch of Mr. Masahiko Komura, Special Envoy of PM of Japan, to Iran, the summit and Foreign Ministers' meetings on the side line of the UN General Assembly, up until FM Fumio Kishida's recent visit to Iran. Besides, Japan has consulted with the EU3+3 side regularly.

3. Japan hopes that the content of the agreement will be implemented immediately and that further efforts will be made toward the final solution of the nuclear issue, as well as the recent agreement between the IAEA and Iran .

4. During his latest visit to Iran, FM Kishida worked on the Iranian side with some specific proposals. Japan will address the issue based on our own position toward the final solution of the Iranian nuclear issue and its implementation in close cooperation with EU3+3.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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