• Kyodo


A special Japanese envoy, meeting Monday with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, urged Baghdad to destroy all weapons of mass destruction or show evidence that it no longer has any banned arms — or else face a possible U.S.-led military attack.

“The time has become critical. The Iraqi government should make a major political judgment,” Senior Vice Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi was quoted as telling Aziz.

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