Iran & Japan
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the Islamic republic welcomes Japan's efforts for the development of mutual ties as well as regional and international cooperation.
"Japan's willingness to continue purchase of oil from Iran and to boost financial, scientific and cultural cooperation will be a guarantee for development of ties
The Islamic republic will not be the initiator of any war, but will respond determinedly to any war against the country,"
The Iranian president expressed gratitude to the Japanese premier for his support of the Iranian 2015 international nuclear deal, internationally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Rouhani stressed that tensions in the region were caused by the "U.S. economic war" against Iran.
"If we witness some tensions in the region today, their root cause lies in the U.S. economic war against Iranian nation
Abe arrived in Iran's capital Tehran on Wednesday with a plan to help ease tensions between Iran and the United States.
During his two-day visit, he is also scheduled to meet with the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday.