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Japan displeased at Australian threat over whaling

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PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Australia is vowing to take legal action against Japan's Antarctic whale hunts.

The Australian government says it plans to approach the International Whaling Commission as early as tomorrow, and could take its case to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

Japan's foreign minister is expressing disappointment with Australia's threat to take his country to court.

His comments come after two days of talks with officials in Australia over Tokyo's research whaling program, which kills hundreds of whales each year in Antarctic waters.

The talks come amid an increasingly aggressive fight between the Japanese whaling fleet and U.S.-based activist group Sea Shepherd.

Whale meat not used for study is sold for consumption in Japan, which critics say is the real reason for the hunts.

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