Japan will be in sync with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council should they decide to bring the Iranian nuclear case up for discussions, Foreign Minister Taro Aso suggested Tuesday.

Aso said at a news conference that he told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday that “Japan has had a long relationship with Iran, but if (Iran will) antagonize the entire Security Council, there is a limit” to what Japan can do in trying to help avert a crisis.

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