Japanese PM warns Barak against attacking Iran

Yoshihiko Noda tells defense minister that military action would be dangerous and could escalate standoff between Iran, West.

February 15, 2012 20:51
Barak meets Japanese PM Noda

Barak and Noda 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned Defense Minister Ehud Barak against attacking Iran in a meeting held in Tokyo Wednesday.

Barak visited Japan following a week-long tour of Asia, including stops in Singapore and Thailand.

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

While Barak’s office issued a statement about the meeting, it omitted the warning he received from the Japanese premier.

Barak asked Noda to step up Japan’s efforts to reduce 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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