St Kitts and Nevis has described as a smear campaign, reports that Japan has been bribing Caribbean countries in exchange for support at the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Undercover reporters for the British newspaper the Sunday Times said fisheries officials from six countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, including St Kitts and Grenada, had told them Tokyo provided aid for fisheries and cash for delegates in return for their support at the IWC, which meets next week.

Regional conservationist, Artherton Martin, says there may be some truth to the claims.

[Update via BBC News]