First Japan PM visit Iran in June after 40 years
Shinzo Abe considering a visit to Iran as early as mid-June as a first Japanese Prime Minister who visit Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in the past 40 years.
Japanese national television, NHK said on Friday that "as international concern grows about rising tension between Iran and the United States, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Iran in mid-June.
No Japanese prime minister has visited Iran since 1978.
Abe will host US President Donald Trump on Saturday and a final decision may rest on the results of that, NHK said.
Iranian foreign minister visited Japan at the official invitation of the country's foreign minister on 16 May.
During his visit to Japan, Zarif said that Iran was committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the US withdrawal from the landmark agreement. Iranian FM called the reemploying of US sanctions "unacceptable".
Trump withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement last year and is ratcheting up sanctions on Iran, aiming to strangle Iran's economy by ending its international sales of crude oil. Japan was a major buyer of Iranian oil for decades before the sanctions.
The Trump administration is also warning of possible Iranian plots against the United States and its allies. Iran denies the accusations.