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Abe weighs Iran visit next month to quell US standoff

Decision will come after Japanese leader's summit with Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif his concerns about rising Middle East tensions during their meeting May 16.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran next month, the first by a sitting Japanese leader in over four decades, as he hopes to play a role in calming tensions between the U.S. and the Middle Eastern nation.

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