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Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi expressed support Tuesday for a resolution submitted to the U.N. Security Council by the United States and Britain that seeks the green light for military strikes against Iraq, stressing the need for the international community to apply diplomatic pressure on Baghdad.

“It is part of the last diplomatic effort to pressure (Iraq) amid a serious situation,” Kawaguchi told reporters. “(The government) supports the resolution from the standpoint of putting diplomatic pressure through the coordination of the international community.”

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