Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Friday welcomed Iran's continued implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers despite the United States having reimposed sanctions against Tehran.
Kono relayed the view to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting in the Italian capital, reiterating Tokyo's stance of supporting the deal, Japanese officials said.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions early this month on Iran's energy, banking, shipbuilding and shipping sectors in an effort to compel Tehran to end its nuclear program and support for militant groups in the Middle East.
Under the 2015 deal struck between Iran and six major powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States under Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama — Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
Kono is visiting Rome to attend an annual international gathering called Mediterranean Dialogues, which brings together government officials and experts on foreign and defense issues.