Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson agreed Friday that “all options” remain open to resolve the crisis in Iraq, but Obuchi remained ambiguous about whether Japan will fully support military strikes to end the standoff.

“Japan shared the view of the United States that a diplomatic solution, based on full Iraqi compliance with all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, is the best solution, and that all options remain on the table,” Obuchi and Richardson said in a joint statement read by both to the press after their meeting. Obuchi read the Japanese version and Richardson read the English.

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