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Abe denounces Saudi oil attacks, refrains from singling out Iran

Japan PM seeks to maintain ties while criticizing 'extremely contemptible crime'

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 24.   © Reuters

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday criticized recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia as an "extremely contemptible crime," while refraining from joining other nations in naming Iran responsible for the strikes that have roiled the Middle East.

In his address at the U.N. General Assembly, Abe sought a delicate balance, showing his country's desire to maintain its longstanding amicable ties with Iran in the face of U.S. pressure while also denouncing the Sept. 14 military action against Saudi targets.

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