Japan PM Abe considering visit to Iran as early as mid-June – NHK

FILE PHOTO : Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to media after phone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) after second North Korea-U.S. summit, at Abe’s residence in Tokyo, Japan February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Iran as early as mid-June, NHK national television said on Friday.

The news comes during a tense standoff between Iran and the United States and follows a visit to Japan last week by Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

Abe is likely to discuss the possible Iran visit with U.S. President Donald Trump when the U.S. president visits Japan from Saturday and a final decision may rest on the results of that, NHK said.

No Japanese prime minister has visited Iran since 1978.

Reporting by Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies; Editing by Robert Birsel

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