Tehran.- Abe met with Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani.
In all cases, he expressed concern about the escalation of tensions staged by the Pentagon against an alleged Iranian threat, and the deployment of an attack group in the Persian Gulf, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles.
Meanwhile, Iran deployed military equipment along its shores in the Gulf.
Analysts assured that Abe's visit has been so far the effort at the highest level to ease tensions due to the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or nuclear deal, which was signed in 2015 between Iran and six world power and restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of the sanctions imposed by the West.
Peace in the Middle East is a priority for Japan, which needs oil from the region and would be affected by a total crisis in case of a military conflict and the closing of the Ormuz Straight, through which 30 percent of the world crude oil goes. (PL)