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Japan re-considers its support of U.S. sanctions [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-1-15 10:06:51 |Display all floors
The Japanese government on Friday began backtracking on its pledge to join Washington's drive to strangle Iranian oil exports as top figures insisted no decision had yet been made.
Just 24 hours after the country's finance minister indicated Tokyo was falling into line with US demands, the premier and his foreign minister both signalled a significant retreat.
The US is trying to ramp up pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme, threatening to cut off financial institutions that deal with the country's central bank, so squeezing Tehran's vital oil export business.
China has refused to play ball, but Washington appeared to score a diplomatic victory Thursday when Finance Minister Jun Azumi told visiting US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Tokyo was planning to cut its imports from Iran.
But on Friday Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba was less than enthusiastic.
"The United States would like to impose sanctions. We believe it is necessary to be extremely circumspect about this matter," Gemba told a news conference with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe in Tokyo.
"We must look at this extremely carefully and find an intelligent solution. "We as a government are in the process of examining the issue and coming to a common position."

-AFP 13/1/2012


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Post time 2012-1-15 10:09:53 |Display all floors
So, Japan is joining India in ignoring U.S. sanctions on Iran. Looks like the curtain has well and truly fallen on U.S. hegemony.

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Post time 2012-1-15 10:15:54 |Display all floors
Perhaps Japan also wants to start a drone industry?

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Post time 2012-1-15 13:59:00 |Display all floors
The U.S. is overestimating its current influence around the world.
Put out your right arm, hold back your left arm... <(=^.^=);

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