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Opposition parties on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s emphatic support for the United States’ ultimatum to Iraq, saying a peaceful solution to the crisis should be achieved through more U.N. inspections.

Naoto Kan, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, said Koizumi has failed to provide a convincing explanation for why he supports a U.S military attack on Iraq in the absence of a new U.N. resolution.

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