Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 1, 2012

Question: Are any U.S. officials meeting with the visiting Japanese delegation currently in Washington?

Answer: Representatives from the U.S. Government, including State Department Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Robert Einhorn and Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel L. Glaser, are meeting with representatives from the Government of Japan this week to continue discussions on Iran, including the implementation of sanctions. The Japanese delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of Finance.

The United States and Japan reaffirm their shared interest in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and the importance of a dual-track strategy in dealing with Iran: both pressure and engagement, to persuade Iran to address the international community’s serious concerns about its nuclear program.

The meetings in Washington will build upon the constructive and productive conversations held last month in Tokyo between senior officials of both governments.

PRN: 2012/161