Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, Iran has no intent for making or testing nuclear weapons, as Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed. The comment of Khamenei, repeats the stance of Iran and at a time of escalating US-Iranian tensions, after a year Washington deserted an agreement between Iran and world powers to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for the elevating of international financial sanctions.

In Tehran, following the meeting with Khamenei Abe told reporters,” Supreme Leader Khamenei made a comment that the country will not and should not make, hold or use nuclear weapons and that it has no such intentions”.

The first-ever Japanese Prime minister to detain discussions with Khamenei and heard his belief in peace. Abe said, “ today, I met Supreme Leader Khamenei and heard his belief in peace. I regard this highly as major progress toward this region’s peace and stability”.

Abe alerted to unintended clashes in the crisis-hit Middle East after meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  Abe was taking a tour to Iran for fixing increasing tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic.

Japan is in a distinctive position to act as a mediator as the US ally has long maintained close ties with Iran.

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