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Iran discussed in Kono-Pompeo teleconference

  • May 21, 2019
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NHK reported today that the U.S. State Department announced that Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono discussed “Japan’s engagement with Iran” over the phone last night, although no details were provided. NHK noted that Pompeo and Kono’s phone call came shortly after Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif’s hastily-arranged visit to Japan last week to meet with Kono and Prime Minister Abe amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The network speculated that Pompeo probably reiterated to Kono the U.S.’s policy of increasing pressure on Iran. The State Department also disclosed that China’s human rights abuses and the U.S.’s ban on transactions with Huawei were taken up in the teleconference.

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