Japan mulls unlocking official loans to Iran: reports
TOKYO, May 27 (AFP) -Japan is considering lifting a US-inspired freeze
on low-interest official loans to Iran as President Mohammad Khatami is
seen to be pursuing moderate and realistic policies, press reports said
Tokyo suspended such financing in 1993 as Washington led international
criticism against Tehran's alleged support of terrorism and development
of weapons of mass destruction.
"Under the Khatami administration, Iran has shown an improvement
on problems of concern for the international community," a senior
Japanese foreign ministry official was quoted by the Jiji Press news agency
"It is high time (for lifting the ban)," he added.