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Abe and Rouhani discuss US-Iran nuclear deal standoff

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday to discuss the ongoing standoff between Tehran and Washington over the fate of a contentious 2015 nuclear deal.

Rouhani became the first Iranian leader to visit Japan since 2000 when he landed in Tokyo, his overnight stay seen as an effort to break the impasse over the nuclear accord that so riled U.S. President Donald Trump and led to the launch what he called a "maximum pressure" campaign.

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