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Japan urges Iran to take 'constructive approach' to Biden overtures

Tokyo's strong ties with Tehran and Washington could give it role in deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran.   © Reuters

TOKYO --  Iran should have a "constructive approach" when dealing with the Biden administration, which has reached out to Tehran on restarting nuclear talks, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told his Iranian counterpart in a 40-minute telephone conversation.

"We will continue our active diplomatic efforts, drawing on our alliance with the U.S. and our traditionally friendly relationship with Iran," Motegi told Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to a statement released by the Japanese side.

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