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May 2, 2012 7:50 am

Japan Urges Restraint on Iran in Visit to Jerusalem

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Koichiro Gemba. Photo: www.houseofjapan.com.

Times of Israel – Japan is urging Israel to demonstrate “maximal restraint” regarding Iran and allow time for international sanctions to take effect, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.

Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba met with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, in Jerusalem on Wednesday, and told him an Israeli strike on Iran would not only cause turmoil and chaos in the region, but would also give the regime in Tehran an excuse to continue pushing its program forward. The international sanctions and leverage against Iran were unprecedented, he said. He stressed that Japan shared Israel’s fear of a nuclear-armed Iran.

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