Iran: Tehran will not start any wars, but ready to give ‘firm response’ - RouhaniJune 12, 2019 at 22:53 (GMT) · Published
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani commented on the ongoing tension between Iran and the United States while speaking to the press alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on Wednesday, marking the first visit to Iran by a Japanese Prime Minister since the 1979 revolution.
The visit started with a welcome ceremony, followed by a meeting and a press conference, during which both leaders addressed Iran - US relations.
"We will not be the starter of any wars in the region even with the US, but if any wars start against us, we will give a firm response," Rouhani said.
Abe called for the easing of tensions, and said "it is necessary, at any cost, to prevent any military war ... Japan wishes, by all its power, to put all its effort into decreasing the tension and my concentration in this trip to Iran is on this issue."
He then added: "Due to the current increasing tension in the Middle East and also in order to stabilise the peace and stability of the region and to prevent accidental conflict, it is necessary that Iran plays its productive role."
Prime Minister Abe will also hold a meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the last day of his visit, on Thursday.
Tensions have been rising between the US and Iran in recent weeks, since Tehran announced it would partially withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on May 8, one year after the United States withdrew and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.
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