The Announcement by the President of the United States on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)
May 9, 2018
1. The United States announced on May 8th that it will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and begin reinstating US sanctions on Iran.
2. It would be discouraging should the announcement have a major impact that makes the continuation of the JCPOA difficult. Japan, however, continues to support the JCPOA which contributes to the strengthening of the international non-proliferation regime and stability of the Middle East, and hopes for constructive actions by relevant parties. Japan will remain in close communication with relevant parties to maintain the JCPOA.
3. Japan pays close attention to the situation while carefully analyzing possible influence that this announcement may cause.