Japan sanctions Iran


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Japan has imposed new sanctions on Iran.

The sanctions announced last Friday target Iran’s energy and finance sectors as well as individuals and entities linked to Iran’s nuclear activities. The sanctions are in line with those announced by the United Nations Security Council in June aimed at making the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities more transparent.

Other nations that have since intensified sanctions include the United States, Canada, Australia, the European Union and Norway.

"Our nation has traditionally maintained close relations with Iran, and from that special position we will tenaciously push that nat­ion towards a peaceful and diplomatic solution," Yoshito Sengoko, the chief Cabinet secretary, was quoted by the Financial Times as saying.

Japan remains a major importer of Iranian crude oil.

The U.S. State Department praised the new sanctions.

"Japan’s actions underscore the international resolve to present Iran’s leaders with a clear choice: Meet your international obligations and enjoy the benefits of integration into the global system or continue to reject your responsibilities and face growing isolation and consequences," the department said in a statement.

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