WASHINGTON WARNS JAPAN OVER PACIFIC WHALING

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TOKYO, Japan (July 31, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The United States again has warned Japan over its controversial decision to expand its Pacific scientific whaling program to two new species, saying the move could result in U.S. sanctions.

Speaking in Tokyo, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Washington was deeply troubled by what was happening, viewing it as contrary to existing whaling agreements.

The Secretary of State's remarks came after a meeting with her Japanese counterpart, Yohei Kono.

Last week, President Bill Clinton wrote to Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori to protest Japan's decision to include in its whaling program sperm and Bryde's whales.

Both types of whale are protected by U.S. endangered species laws.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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