Former Iranian president not ruling out Japanese mediation in Iran-US row
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  • 19:10 17 June 2019

Former Iranian president not ruling out Japanese mediation in Iran-US row

Japan could mediate the current crisis in relations between Iran and the United States, but only if Tokyo's influence on Washington's policies is strong enough to contribute to sustainable peace between the two countries, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

"Of course, anyone who wants to establish a balance between the United States and Iran must have a strong influence on US policy. If there is no [strong influence], then everything will be limited to running around with parcels. There is a need to understand whether Japan has the power to influence US policy and how effective it could be," the former president said when asked whether Tokyo could be a mediator between Iran and the United States.

Ahmadinejad added that if a potential mediator could not strongly influence the US political course, it would fail in the efforts to achieve "balance, consensus and sustainable peace between the countries."

At the same time, the ex-president noted that any country that stood for law and justice, including Japan, "could be very effective" as a mediator.

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