Netanyahu Says Iran Working on 'Arsenal' of Nukes

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Japan is keen to see stability in the Midle East as the bulk of its oil imports come from the region, although it recently stopped buying oil from Iran because of United States sanctions.

Iran has denied seeking nuclear weapons and has vowed to resist the USA maximum pressure campaign. "I thank you for pointing out what Iran is doing".

Abe, according to the outline of the plan, will meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. This mission offers both opportunities and risks for Abe, who may wish to play a more prominent conflict-management role beyond Iran if successful in this Iran trip.

He added he could turn that around very quickly in talks with the leadership in Tehran.

Friction between Iran and the U.S. has risen in recent weeks after the U.S. sent a U.S. Navy carrier group to the Mideast after learning of threats from Iran against U.S. forces in the region.

Separately on Thursday, a Japanese government spokesperson said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Iran "soon" in an effort to reduce tensions between Washington and Tehran.

In May, Iran said it will keep more enriched uranium than allowed under the nuclear accord and set a 60-day deadline to negotiate new terms.

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Although EU leaders were bitterly angered by Trump s pullout from the nuclear deal, the USA president said and Macron did not have differences on how to handle Iran.

Abe has expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal that curbed the country's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

The trip will be the first by a sitting Japanese prime minister to Iran in 41 years. This means Iran expects unfettered trade in the face of US sanctions. Unless Abe succeeds in convincing the Trump administration to ease USA sanctions-for instance, by renewing the oil exemptions for countries such as Japan, South Korea, and India-Tehran will not likely take Trump's offer of dialogue seriously. "They were a terrorist nation-No".

Macron welcomed those comments as he highlighted four goals that he said France and the USA share: preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons; reducing its ballistic missile activity; containing its involvement in regional conflicts; and pursuing peace in the Middle East.

"I think he's a terrific guy".

Rouhani previously signalled his readiness to start a dialogue with the United States, provided that Washington shows respect and follows global rules.