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Iran’s supreme leader warns against strikes

Friday, February 3, 2012

Laaska News Feb. 3, 2012
 Japan, US to continue talks over Iran sanctions

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned the West against striking the country.

“Threatening and attacking Iran will harm America”, he said, adding that “any military strike is ten times more harmful for America than for Iran”.

“Sanctions will not have any impact on our determination to continue our nuclear course”, Khamenei said.

Ayatollah also stated that US threats show that America has failed to win political battles with Iran.

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Japan, US to continue talks over Iran sanctions

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The US and Japan will continue discussions on exempting Japanese banks from penalties related to new US sanctions against Iran.

The US passed a law in December that bans financial institutions from doing business with Iran’s central bank.

Japanese delegates led by Foreign Ministry deputy director Tsukasa Uemura met with US officials, including US State Department special advisor Robert Einhorn, on Thursday in Washington. It was the second round of talks, following a meeting in Tokyo last month.

The Japanese side requested exemptions for Japanese banks, citing reduced crude oil imports from Iran. US officials explained about the implementation of the sanctions.

Uemura told reporters after the meeting that the talks were held in a cooperative manner, and that they will continue.

The US State Department said in a statement that the two governments held constructive talks on implementing new sanctions against Iran, and that another meeting will follow soon.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba spoke to reporters on Friday about the meeting between officials of the two governments in Washington on Thursday.

Gemba said the international community must coordinate its efforts by sharing concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He said Japan showed the United States numerical targets for reducing Iranian oil imports, although he didn’t clarify the figures.

Gemba added that the two countries are very close to reaching a consensus on the issue.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Thursday that the US wants to make sure the new sanctions are implemented in a way thatdoes not inadvertently do harm to US allies or oil markets.

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