Americans stymie Japan-Iran oil deal


Technically, an IAEA report exonerating the Iranians of all Washington’s accusations on their nuclear objectives would enable Japan to sign the Azadegan oil deal. Yet, this would still require Tokyo to ignore Washington’s opposition to any deal for its positive effects on Iran’s economy, a possibility given the two-year-long talks in the face of American opposition. After all, the Japanese, like the Europeans, pursue their national interests, which are at odds with those of the Americans in a growing number of areas. Notwithstanding, the direct intervention of the Americans in the Japanese-Iranian oil deal signals the escalation of hostility between Iran and the United States with a predictably damaging impact on American relations with some of its closest allies such as Japan.