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Japan backs Iran nuclear deal: Japanese FM

Beijing, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says his country backs the nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in 2015 from which the US has withdrawn.

In a meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano in Vienna Thursday, Kono said Tokyo supports the important nuclear deal struck in 2015 to solve Iran's nuclear issue and favors its preservation, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Kyodo News as reporting.

Under the international deal between Iran and six major powers � Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States � Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Kono also said that Japan will support the International Atomic Energy Agency if it conducts inspections of North Korea's nuclear facilities.

Kono conveyed that Tokyo is ready to help by shouldering part of the initial costs needed for such inspections and dispatching nuclear experts if Pyongyang agrees to have its facilities inspected after promising to work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Kono, speaking at the outset of the talks, stressed the need to end the North Korean crisis. He told Amano that the Japanese government will offer an appropriate level of support with an eye to tapping Japan's contribution to the IAEA, which is worth around 350 million ($3.2 million).

The IAEA will make preparations so inspections can start swiftly once requested, Amano said during the meeting, in an apparent reference to inspections in North Korea.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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