Japan says to abide by UN court's Antarctic whaling ban

Japan says to abide by UN court's Antarctic whaling ban
(From left) Members of the Japanese delegation wait prior to the verdict in the case against Japanese whaling at the ICJ in The Hague, the Netherlands.

THE HAGUE - Japan said Monday it would respect an International Court of Justice order to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite "deep disappointment" with the landmark decision.

"As a state that respects the rule of law... and as a responsible member of the global community, Japan will abide by the decision of the court," chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka told reporters outside the United Nations' top court in The Hague.

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