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Powell, Japanese foreign minister discussed accident

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono on Wednesday about the submarine accident off the coast of Honolulu, the State Department confirmed.

Secretary Powell discussed the "status of the investigation" and "reiterated (U.S.) regrets and the (U.S.) pledge for full cooperation in the investigation," a spokesman tells CNN.

Another U.S. official said that Kono called Powell to express Japanese "concern about the role of civilians" on board the USS Greeneville submarine when it surfaced underneath the Ehime Maru on Friday.

The Japanese diplomat also mentioned the need for the United States to provide "timely information" to the Japanese government.

The State Department confirmed reports from Tokyo that the Japanese prime minister has dispatched a high-level envoy to Washington for further consultations.

Senior Vice Foreign Minister Seishiro Eto is expected to meet soon with Pentagon and State Department officials to "discuss the search and rescue" off the coast of Hawaii, U.S. officials tell CNN.

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