Japan to dispatch its own troops to Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) – Japan will send its own self-defense troops to the Strait of Hormuz instead of joining the US-coalition to protect commercial vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, the Asahi newspaper reported.

Earlier, the media reported that Japan would not join such a coalition due to its close economic ties with Iran, as an important oil producer.

Japan will not join the United States in a security mission to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways and will instead consider deploying its military independently, the Yomiuri newspaper reported in early September.

“Such a mission would be to collect information in the area based on a provision regarding survey and research activities under the Defense Ministry Establishment Law. The government is expected to make a final decision on the dispatch after the UN General Assembly meeting to be held in New York later this month,” noted the report.

US is leading a mission in the Persian Gulf, known as the international maritime security construct (IMSC). It has asked its allies to join the initiative. The United Kingdom, Bahrain, Australia, Saudi Arabia and UAE are presently the only other countries to join the US in the Strait of Hormuz, but the UK has appealed to European allies to join the mission to safeguard shipping lanes.

Key Washington allies Germany and Japan have refused to join, and France has expressed reservations about the US’ provocative initiative.

On August 6, Israeli regime’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that they will be part of the US-led anti-Iran coalition. Iran reacted to the announcement, warning that Washington and Tel Aviv would be responsible for the consequences of such a decision.

Tehran has condemned US efforts to form a coalition, highlighting that regional countries can provide the region with security through regional cooperation and without any need for foreign forces.

MNA/PR

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