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Japan wants UAE to check facts on tanker – media

Japanese Transport Minister Friday instructed his ministry to ask the UAE to check the facts on a Japanese supertanker blast.

August 6, 2010 12:48 by



Japanese Transport Minister Seiji Maehara on Friday instructed his ministry to ask the United Arab Emirates to check the facts on a Japanese supertanker damaged near the Strait of Hormuz last week, Kyodo news agency reported.

The United Arab Emirates news agency said earlier in the day investigators have found traces of explosive on the Japanese supertanker and concluded the ship was the target of an attack.

“I have instructed (the ministry) to request the UAE via diplomatic channels to check on the facts,” Maehara was quoted by Kyodo as saying at a news conference.

(Reporting by Chisa Fujioka and Yoko Nishikawa; Editing by Chris Gallagher)



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