Japan hopes Iran moves toward peaceful resolution of nuclear issue

Japan hopes Iran will work toward a peaceful resolution of its nuclear issue through dialogue under new leadership, the government's top spokesman said Monday.

"For its nuclear issue to be peacefully resolved, we hope that Iran, under president-elect (Hasan) Rowhani, will hold serious dialogue with the international community and play an important role in peace and stability in the Middle East," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Suga also said Japan will "urge Iran to address nuclear and other issues that are of concern to the international community in an appropriate manner" based on "amiable relations."

Moderate cleric Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator, won the Iranian presidential election over the weekend. The country has been locked in a dispute with the United States and its European allies, which have imposed economic sanctions over its nuclear program.