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With Trump Blessing, Japan's Abe Seeks to Mend Iran Bridges

  • Abe says will do his utmost to ease tensions, avoid conflict
  • Oil-importing Japan wants stability in energy-producing Gulf
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Japan's Abe Seeks to Mend Iran Bridges
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a rare friend of both Donald Trump and Iran’s leaders, urged Tehran on Wednesday to avoid conflict at all costs and pledged to do his utmost to ease tensions that have threatened to plunge the Middle East into renewed chaos.

Abe’s visit, the first by a sitting premier in the 40-year history of the Islamic Republic, comes as the U.S. shows little sign of easing sanctions it reimposed after abandoning a 2015 accord meant to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.