Tokyo, Jun 11: Japan's PM Shinzo Abe on Tuesday spoke with US President Donald Trump over the phone on the situation in Iran before paying visit to Tehran on Wednesday, according to the government spokesman .
Yoshihide Suga,Chief Cabinet Secretary said " The two leaders exchanged views on regional issues, including the situation in Iran" in a phone call.
On Wednesday, Shinzo Abe will visit Tehran, becoming the first Japenese leader after PM Takeo Fukud. He will be meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Japan Today reported.
The trip comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.
A Japanese government official declined to give details of the 20-minute phone call, citing the diplomatically sensitive nature of the topic.
PM Abe is likely to have reiterated his intention of encouraging Iran, with which Japan has traditionally maintained friendly relations, to engage in dialogue. Trump endorsed such efforts during a visit to Japan in late May.
Trump's decision last year to withdraw from a 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran and reinstate economic sanctions has elicited a strong backlash from Tehran, prompting it to suspend some of its commitments under the deal.
In May, Iran said it would keep more enriched uranium than allowed under the nuclear accord, and set a 60-day deadline to negotiate new terms.
Further escalating tensions, Washington recently dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group and bombers to the Persian Gulf, and decided to send additional US troops to the region.
In 1978, PM Takeo Fukuda was the last one to visit Iran before the Islamic Revolution of 1979. (UNI)