05/27/2019, 09.33
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Tokyo, Trump opens to Japanese mediation with Iran

The US president is on a state visit to the Land of the Rising Sun. He is the first international leader to meet the new emperor, Naruhito. Dialogue with North Korea, commercial tensions with Tokyo and frictions with Iran are the themes on the meeting table with Shinzo Abe.

Tokyo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The US president, Donald J. Trump, supports the attempts by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to mediate a possible dialogue between Washington and Tehran, exploiting good relations between Tokyo and the Islamic Republic.

The third day of Trump's visit to the Land of the Rising Sun (25-28 May) was opened by the first meeting of a foreign head of state with the new emperor of Japan, Naruhito. However, the international diplomats' attention is drawn to the president's journey, as there are thorny global issues, including the dialogue with North Korea, the commercial tensions with Tokyo and the intensification of frictions between the United States and Iran.

During this morning's meeting with Abe (photo), Trump said: " I know that the prime minister and Japan have a very good relationship with Iran so we'll see what happens". “The prime minister's already spoken to me about that and I do believe that Iran would like to talk. And if they'd like to talk, we'd like to talk also. We'll see what happens ... nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me".

Trump has imposed new and severe sanctions on Iran, which are paralyzing the economy of the Middle Eastern country. At the end of last week, in the midst of growing tensions, Washington announced the deployment of 1,500 US soldiers in the region. The United States deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers in the Persian Gulf, in response to intelligence on Iranian threats to US interests.

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