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2015 July 15 - 21 [WORLD]

Iran nuclear deal shows effectiveness of diplomatic talks

July 18, 2015
Akahata editorial (excerpts)

Iran and the six major powers (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States) on July 14 reached an agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Governments and news media across the world welcomed this deal, saying that it is “historic” and “opening new possibilities for peace”.

The latest agreement requires Tehran to again declare that it has no intent to develop nuclear weapons as well as to accept international measures to limit and monitor the country’s nuclear development capability. The deal also states that if the IAEA confirms Tehran’s implementation of the accord, the economic sanctions against the nation will be lifted. All parties concerned, including Iran and the U.S., need to sincerely carry out this agreement.

The Japanese government led by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has insisted in Diet deliberations on the controversial war legislation that if Iran blockades the Strait of Hormuz with mines, Japan should be allowed to exercise the right to collective self-defense in order to remove those mines. The new agreement, however, shows that both Tehran and Washington are working to improve their relationship through dialogue. Thus, there will be little possibility that such a “strait crisis” occurs.

This nuclear deal shows the effectiveness of diplomatic negotiations. As a country that suffered nuclear bombings and has the war-renouncing Constitution, Japan also needs to make diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear issue of North Korea and build peace and stability in East Asia.

What the Abe administration should do now is not to push through the unconstitutional war-related bills but to play a role in settling international disputes in a peaceful manner.

Past related article:
> PM: collective self-defense includes minesweeping operations in Hormuz Strait [July 15, 2015]
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