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MOSCOW (Kyodo) As the row over Iran’s nuclear program escalates, Japan could find itself in a dilemma over how to reconcile its stance against nonproliferation with its desire to develop Iran’s Azadegan oil field — a key element of its future energy strategy.

“Japan has vital interests in Azadegan,” a senior official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. “But as Japan has a nuclear nonproliferation policy, it’s hard for us to exempt Azadegan from being affected by the nuclear row and possible sanctions.”

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