Search

 

Cablegate: Media Reaction - Us-Iran Talks - Tokyo

VZCZCXRO9422
PP RUEHFK
DE RUEHKO #2401 1500428
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 300428Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4028
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUYNAAC/COMNAVFORJAPAN YOKOSUKA JA PRIORITY
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RHHMHBA/COMPACFLT PEARL HARBOR HI//N541// PRIORITY
RHMFIUU/HQ PACAF HICKAM AFB HI//CC/PA// PRIORITY
RUHBANB/OKINAWA FLD OFC US FORCES JAPAN CP BUTLER JA PRIORITY
RUALSFJ/COMUSJAPAN YOKOTA AB JA PRIORITY
INFO RUEHFK/AMCONSUL FUKUOKA 1314
RUEHOK/AMCONSUL OSAKA KOBE 4876
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 7222
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 1683
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 3281
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 4437
RHEHAAA/NSC WASHDC

UNCLAS TOKYO 002401

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - US-IRAN TALKS - TOKYO

LEAD STORIES: Wednesday morning's Tokyo Shimbun and
Mainichi front-paged press remarks Tuesday evening by
Prime Minister Abe, who said he would appoint a new
agriculture minister by week's end following the suicide
Monday of MAFF Minister Matsuoka.

1. "US, Iran Should Continue Talks" The business-oriented
Nihon Keizai editorialized (5/30): "The US and Iran held
their first formal talks in 27 years since they broke off
diplomatic relations. The ambassador-level talks will not
lead directly to improving bilateral ties, however, given
that the subject of discussion was limited to the
situation in Iraq. Nonetheless, the resumption of direct
dialogue between Tehran and Washington could serve as a
key first step to getting the chaos in Iraq under control
and easing international tensions in the Middle East. The
atmosphere in the nearly four-hour meeting, mediated by
Iraqi PM Maliki, was reported to be 'businesslike.'...
Confidence-building is not easy. It is, first and
foremost, important for each nation to accurately grasp
the intentions of the other and avoid mistaken judgments.
In this regard, continued direct formal talks between the
US and Iran are meaningful."

2. "Will Direct US-Iran Talks Make Progress?" An
editorial in the top-circulation, moderate Yomiuri stated
(5/30): "...The US and Iran held their first formal talks
since 1980, when they broke off diplomatic relations. The
US and Iranian ambassadors to Baghdad discussed issues
limited to the situation in Iraq, and it would be overly
optimistic to expect much from the talks. Nonetheless,
every possible measure needs be taken to get the
situation in Iraq under control.... The possibility
exists that Iran may seek to play its 'Iraq card' in
extracting an international compromise over its nuclear
program."

SCHIEFFER

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

New IPCC Report: ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed To Limit Global Warming

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes,” such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, says a special report that finds some of the actions needed are already under way, but the world must move faster… More>>

ALSO:

Jamal Khashoggi: UK, France, Germany Join Calls For Credible Investigation

Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others including HRVP Mogherini and UNSG Guterres, and are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. More>>

ALSO:

MSF Not Wanted: Nauru Government Shows Continued Callousness

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today. More>>

ALSO:

Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami: Aid Response Begins

Oxfam and its local partners are standing by to deploy emergency staff and resources to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as an estimated 1.5 million people are thought to be affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit on Friday. More>>

ALSO:

Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC