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Japan's Suga says analysing impact of US sanctions on Iran

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (R) AND Japanese Ambassador to UN Koro Bessho (L) in New York, US on 16 May 2017 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (R) AND Japanese Ambassador to UN Koro Bessho (L) in New York, US on 16 May 2017 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

Japan is closely analysing the impact of US sanctions on Iran and will continue to talk with Washington and relevant nations so that Japanese firms will not be adversely affected, the top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that Japan and the US were in talks about the sanctions on Iran but declined to reveal details.

He said Tokyo was also in contact with Iran.

The United States has told countries to cut all imports of Iranian oil from November and is unlikely to offer any exemptions, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on allies to cut off funding to Iran.

Read: US says pushing allies to halt Iran oil imports, no exceptions

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