All national papers except Yomiuri reported that arrangements are being made for Prime Minister Abe to hold talks with Iranian President Rouhani on the margins of the UNGA in New York on Sept. 24.
In a related story, Mainichi wrote that Japan is caught between Iran and the U.S., which suspects that Tehran was responsible for the drone attacks on oil platforms in Saudi Arabia. If the U.S. presents definitive evidence proving Iran’s connection to the “terror incident,” it will become difficult for Japan to mediate between the two adversaries. While quoting a GOJ source as saying that it will not be easy to identify who was responsible, the daily added that the momentum for dialogue between the U.S. and Iran may have already dissipated following the Saudi oil attack. NHK took up Defense Minister Kono’s comment yesterday saying it is still uncertain whether Iran was involved in the incident.