Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said Thursday he has asked former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to cancel plans to visit Iran this week to avoid a diplomatic conflict as the international community moves to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Ultimately, it is his own decision,” Genba said to the House of Councilors’ budget panel. “But we want to urge him to act prudently so as not to result in dual diplomacy that would be different from the government’s policy.”
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