Japanese PM warns Barak against attacking Iran

February 15, 2012 20:34

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned Defense Minister Ehud Barak against attacking Iran during a meeting they held in Tokyo on Wednesday. Barak visited Japan following a week-long tour of Asia which has included stops in Singapore and Thailand.

During the meeting, Noda told Barak that military action would be dangerous and could escalate the current standoff between Iran and the West, a Japanese news agency reported.

Barak’s office issued a statement on the meeting but left out the warning he heard from the Japanese premier. Barak asked Noda to step up its efforts to reduce its oil imports from Iran.

"Iran ordered the execution over the past few days of a series of terrorist attacks that again demonstrate the danger this regime poses to global stability," Barak said. Barak will remain in Japan until Sunday.

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