Any deal with Japan to allow whaling would have to be very attractive to get New Zealand support, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has repeated his threat to take Japan to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if a diplomatic solution is not reached.

Talks in the United States over the weekend of International Whaling Commission nations failed to agree on a compromise proposal. Australia wants whaling to be phased out in five years but New Zealand is among those seeking a compromise.

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