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New Komeito leader Takenori Kanzaki said Sunday it is in Japan’s interest to see whether the United Nations adopts a new resolution prior to a possible U.S. attack on Iraq before Tokyo begins discussing how to deal with the issue.

“The situation is different depending on whether the U.S. moves with or without a new U.N. resolution,” Kanzaki said on a TV talk show.

Japan should consider its actions while closely monitoring how the international community reacts to any U.S. action, said the leader of New Komeito, a member of the tripartite ruling coalition along with the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Conservative Party.

As for Tokyo’s aid for any postwar reconstruction, Kanzaki said, “It’s an issue that must be considered by looking into the situation when the time comes.”

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