Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Iran next week in hopes of engineering a diplomatic breakthrough that will thaw the icy US-Iran relationship. Having maintained cordial relations with Iran, Abe hopes to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and the country’s Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, during his stay in Tehran. Those meetings are likely to materialize, but a meeting of the minds is not: Both sides are too entrenched and the changes demanded are too great. The prime minister’s effort is to be encouraged, nonetheless.
Abe tries high-stakes diplomacy with Iran

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