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Israel, Japan PMs eye suspected nuclear neighbors

TOKYO--The prime ministers of Japan and Israel compared notes Monday about living near countries with suspected illicit nuclear weapons programs.

Benjamin Netanyahu, on the second day of a five-day trip to Japan, said the international community should keep up pressure on Iran, which the West suspects of trying to develop atomic bombs.

In a joint statement released with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, the two men also “expressed their strong hope for the early resolution of various issues of concerns regarding North Korea, including its nuclear development.”

Speaking at a joint news conference after their meeting, Netanyahu said Abe had told him in no uncertain terms that Japan was facing a very real threat from North Korea, which observers say is preparing for a fourth nuclear test.

“The same words — 'clear and present danger' — certainly apply to the Iranian nuclear program as well,” he said.

“Like North Korea before it, Iran wants to keep its military capabilities, military nuclear capabilities while easing the

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after they exchange documents during a signing ceremony at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Monday, May 12.

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