Jiji Press TEHRAN (Jiji Press) — Iran will not produce, possess or use nuclear weapons, and has no intention ever to do these, the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at their first-ever meeting, in Tehran, on Thursday.
Abe called on Iran to enter into dialogue with the United States to ease tensions that have intensified since Washington unilaterally announced its decision last year to withdraw from the historic 2015 nuclear deal, signed between Iran and six world powers including the United States.
At the Tehran meeting, Abe quoted U.S. President Donald Trump as saying at their recent talks that Washington does not hope to see any escalation in Middle East tensions.
“Concerns are growing over the increasing tensions, and there are complicated feelings among people of the two countries toward each other,” Abe told reporters after the meeting.
“Under the circumstances, it is extremely important for the top leaders of the two countries to have intentions toward easing the tensions,” the prime minister added.
“I could see [at the meeting with Khamenei] Iran’s resolve for peace,” Abe said, adding, “This marked a major progress toward ensuring peace and stability in the region.” Abe is the first sitting Japanese prime minister to meet with the Iranian supreme leader, who is known for his hard-line stance against the United States.Speech