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US wants to depart Iraq `with honor,' Cheney says

AFP , ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK AND TOKYO

US Vice President Dick Cheney warned yesterday against "retreat" from Iraq.

"I want you to know that the American people will not support a policy of retreat," Cheney said on the USS Kitty Hawk based in Yokosuka, Japan.

"We want to complete the mission, we want to get it done right, and we want to return with honor," he said.

Cheney was greeted by a 19-gun salute and cheering troops who packed onto the hangar deck of the aircraft carrier.

Cheney was in Tokyo on the first leg of a week-long trip that will also take him to visit US troops in Guam and to Australia.

Earlier, Cheney had worked to ease Japanese concerns about a landmark agreement with North Korea. With a worried Japan refusing to fund the deal with Pyongyang to shut its nuclear facilities, Cheney's first public remarks here on the issue centered Tokyo's main concern: Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea.

"We want to see a resolution of the tragic case of Japanese abductees," Cheney told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

He met yesterday with Sakie and Shigeru Yokota, the parents of the most famous abduction victim, Megumi Yokota.

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