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Updated: March 17, 2011 12:12 IST

Obama talks with Japan Premier on nuclear threat

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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks to members of his cabinet following his inspection tour of the country's biggest recorded earthquake. File photo
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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks to members of his cabinet following his inspection tour of the country's biggest recorded earthquake. File photo

President Barack Obama has spoken with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan about steps the U.S. is taking to ensure the safety of Americans in Japan - measures that go beyond what Japan has recommended for its own citizens.

The White House says Obama and Kan spoke by phone Wednesday evening about the crisis at a Japanese nuclear power plant that’s emitting dangerous levels of radiation after it was damaged in an earthquake and tsunami.

A split between the two countries emerged when the U.S. recommended that Americans within 50 miles of the nuclear plant evacuate. That’s more stringent than the 12-mile (19-kilometre) radius recommended by the Japanese.

A White House statement said the two leaders’ emphasized their alliance and discussed what the U.S. is doing to ensure welfare of its citizens.

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