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International relations

US demands on Iranian oil pose dilemma for Japan

Tokyo caught between Tehran-Washington tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speak at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos in 2014. The leaders meet annually at the United Nations General Assembly.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With the U.S. considering making exceptions to its demand that countries stop importing Iranian oil, Japan is looking to secure its oil supply and pursue business opportunities in the Middle Eastern country without raising red flags in Washington.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted at the waivers during his visit to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

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