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EU pressure on Japan and China over Iran’s sanctions

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 3, 2010

Japan approved fresh economic sanctions against Iran on Friday after the United Nations asked Tokyo to tighten restrictions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear enrichment program, an official said.

The measures approved by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan include an asset freeze on 88 entities, 15 banks and 24 individuals, trade ministry official Hideaki Fujisawa said. Japan had previously frozen assets on 75 entities and 41 individuals.

The individuals are also banned from entering Japan, Fujisawa said.

Japan’s latest sanctions came after the United Nations asked Tokyo to take punitive measures against Iran, Fujisawa said.

Earlier EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged China to create a better investment environment for European businesses and maintain a joint stand on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Ashton discussed the Iran nuclear issue with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, including the need to maintain a united front on sanctions imposed on Iran.

Although China backed UN sanctions against Tehran for refusing to freeze its uranium enrichment, Beijing has voiced opposition to additional economic sanctions imposed unilaterally by the United States, the EU and others.

Such opposition has fueled fears that Chinese companies would fill the void created by the sanctions, especially in Iran’s lucrative oil and gas sectors.

“I explained to Minister Yang the significance of having a cohesive approach towards Iran,” Ashton said.

“The solution is through dialogue, but the sanctions are designed to support that by helping to put the right kind of pressure on Iran to come and have that dialogue. China has a significant role to play in that.”

With the nuclear policy of Iran’s regime which based on cheating, stealing and smuggling, one after another country become certain that they’re going another way except peaceful nuclear capability.


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