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The U.S. government asked Japan to suspend Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone’s recent trip to Iran due to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks on Israel, informed sources said Sunday.

Despite the request, Nakasone met Ahmadinejad in Tehran on May 2 and called on the Iranian leader to give humanitarian consideration to the case of an American journalist of Japanese descent then being detained in Iran for espionage.

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