Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Japan this weekend to meet with counterpart Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Among the numerous issues both leaders are expected to tackle, Netanyahu is expected to underscore the matter of nuclear weapons in Iran and economic cooperation.
Iran has been making headlines the past years for its nuclear weapons development, something the country’s president has always categorically denied. But Iran, along with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, will meet next week in Vienna to discuss a historic treaty centering on nuclear weapons. Netanyahu is anticipated to urge Japan to side with him in the issue of Iran’s nuclear power. Israel has been calling for the complete demolition of Iran’s nuclear program, which they see as a threat to their nation. The summit of the UN Security Council with Germany and Iran is expected to focus on decreasing the development of nuclear weapons in Iran and making it challenging and easily detectable by outside powers in return for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Islamic nation. Western nations have put an embargo on Iran’s oil exports, which is the lifeblood of the Iran that has heavily affected the economy. An official from Israel noted that Netanyahu would bring the issue of nuclear threat to Abe as a parallel to North Korea. “As part of the political dialogue, we’ll be sharing our concerns about the Iranian nuclear programme, they have their own concerns about the North Korean programme, I’m sure we have a lot in common,” he said.
Japan, along with China, South Korea and India are among the major exporters of oil from Iran. Despite pressure from the West to stay away from the nation and its oil as part of the sanctions, Japan has always maintained a civil dialogue with Iran. Apart from nuclear concerns, Netanyahu would also touch on the topic of strengthening security cooperation to ward off cyber-attacks and also to showcase Israeli technologies to Japanese businessmen for potential investments.