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Taro Aso, policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, indicated Sunday that Japan should support the United States — even in the absence a new U.N. Security Council resolution — should it lead an attack on Iraq.

“In terms of priorities, we have to weigh heavily on the Japan-U.S. security treaty concerning the security of Japan . . . as the United Nations will not protect us,” Aso said in a TV debate with other party leaders.

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