Japan calls for Iran nuclear issue to be resolved by dialogue
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Tuesday it is necessary for relevant countries to "to talk thoroughly and over and over again'' to resolve the issue of Iran's uranium enrichment programme, reported dpa.
Speaking at a group interview with news agencies of Group of Eight nations in Tokyo, Fukuda said ''We need to try not to leave Iran alone,'' referring to recent bilateral talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Rome.
The UN Security Council has demanded Iran halt its uranium enrichment programme. Iran has refused and says it will never stop its activities.
Fukuda hosts the G8 leaders' meeting on July 7-9 in Hokkaido, northern Japan.