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Why Abe is stepping into the US-Iran fray

After weeks of second-guessing, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making an official two-day visit to Tehran this week, meeting both Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Given Tokyo’s traditionally cordial ties with Tehran, its special relationship with Washington, and both Russia’s and America’s expressed approval of Abe’s trip – the […]