Agence France-PresseApril 2, 2014 08:56
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he will abide by the court ruling that banned the nation's controversial Antarctic whale hunt.
The conservative leader told Japan's chief whaling negotiator that he would respect the judgement issued this week by the International Court of Justice.
"It is a pity and I am deeply disappointed," Abe was quoted as saying by Japan's chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka during a meeting at his office.
"But I will follow the ruling," Abe said, according to Tsuruoka, who spoke to reporters after meeting the premier.