Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urged visiting Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday not to resort to military action against Iran over its nuclear ambitions, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing Foreign Ministry officials.
Noda told Barak that taking such action would be extremely dangerous and would escalate the current situation, and called on Israel to resolve the matter in a diplomatic and peaceful manner, according to the report.
The meeting between Noda and Barak took place amid growing concern that Israel could carry out a military strike against Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program.
“Japan shares the concerns of the international community over the Iranian nuclear issue and will continue to deal with it through both dialogue and applying pressure on Iran,” Noda was quoted as telling Barak.
For his part, Barak, who also serves as Israel’s defense minister, said it is important for the international community to cooperate and take tough measures.
Barak told reporters after the talks that “the world should join hands” in monitoring the sanctions against Iran.
Noda also voiced regret over recent attacks apparently targeting Israeli diplomats in New Delhi and Georgia, saying such actions were unacceptable. Barak said these attacks as well as recent explosions in Bangkok are a breach of the rules of diplomacy.
He declined to comment on whether Israel will retaliate against Iran.
Barak is on a five-day visit to Japan beginning Wednesday.