Iran foreign minister likely to visit Japan in late August


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is likely to visit Japan this month for talks on the situation in the Hormuz Strait, diplomatic sources say.

Tehran and Tokyo have been making final arrangements for Zarif to visit in the later part of this month for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono, according to the sources. He last visited Japan in May.

The Iranian side is expected to communicate its stance opposing a U.S.-led coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian military forces.

The coalition plan, called the "Maritime Security Initiative," is being considered in the wake of attacks on two oil tankers -- one of them operated by a Japanese shipping firm -- near the Strait of Hormuz in June. The United States has blamed Iran for the incidents.

Tehran asserts that the main responsibility for protecting the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf is mainly with Iran and neighboring countries, insisting that foreign involvement is not necessary.

Washington has urged Japan to consider taking part in the coalition. Tokyo is exploring what role it can play in safeguarding ships in the Middle East while not impairing its traditional friendship with Iran.

In July, the Iranian government informed countries including Japan, South Korea, Britain, France, and Germany via diplomatic channels that it does not welcome the coalition, saying it would "not help alleviate tension."

The Japanese and Iranian governments held a vice foreign minister-level consultation in Tehran on Saturday. Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are expected to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in September.

Abe visited Iran in June, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so since the Islamic Revolution four decades ago, but failed to achieve any breakthrough.

The trip, apparently aimed at diffusing tensions between Washington and Tehran, was overshadowed by the tanker attacks, which happened during the two-day visit.


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If only Abe would tell him Japan is on their side and they will never listen the outrageous lies told by the US government and it's vazal states.

If only...

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Iran/ Japan relations are good. The issue here is that Japan has to buy Iran's oil. This is what Zarif will be telling Abe. The path thru the Hormuz runs both ways...........If Iran can't sell its oil, it won't allow others to sell theirs either........Also like Tehran says.......if the Hormuz is open for you, then the Suez and Gibraltar is open for us. This is not open to discussion. These desperate coalitions being assembled by the fools in Washington are not going to work. Iran is not intimidated.

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lulldapull: "These desperate coalitions being assembled by the fools in Washington are not going to work. Iran is not intimidated."

But the wimps in the coalition are intimidated by the US. The Western Wimps are as much of a problem as the US because they have appeased and kowtowed to the US years instead of standing up for their sovereign nations. Now these nations are under the hell of the US and don't know what to do but keep kowtowing.

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@rlperez.....well put, but you just watch how Iran dismantles this set up. Yo've gotta remember that now Iran has its hand on the Iraqi and Syrian oil spigots. Combined Iran/ Iraq/ Syria oil production exceeds 8 mbpd. There's no way in hell anyone can make up this amount if its taken off the market. Iran has considerable leverage over both Syria and Iraq, and if push comes to shove, Iran will choke off Persian Gulf oil to the world. No need to shut down the Hormuz. Iran has many ways to counter Trump's shenanigans. With an Iranian victory assured in the Yemen, Iran can choke off the Bab Al Mandab straits on the other side to choke off oil to the West. Russia/ China/ Iran will and can persuade Maduro as well to choke off his output. I'd like to see Trump counter all this. The buffoons sitting in DC didn't think this thru properly. They can't fight the rest of the world with juvenile sanctions or threats.

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This sends a wrong message to Washington DC at a very critical time.

The Korean warship heading toward the Middle East right now has completed the training specific to Hormuz patrol mission and stockpiled additional equipment, ready to patrol the Hormuz with a phone call from Moon Jae In.

Not only is Japan actively refusing to join the Hormuz patrol, but Japan is rolling out a red carpet to Iranian foreign minister next week.

It reminds the US who its true ally is and who not, who has bled with the US in Vietnam and who has not.

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