Japan Gathering Info with U.S. on Tanker Attacks; No SDF Dispatch Eyed
Tokyo, June 14 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Friday continued to gather information, in cooperation with the United States, on Thursday's attacks on two tankers, including one operated by a Japanese company, near the Strait of Hormuz.
Meanwhile, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya denied the possibility of issuing an order for the dispatch of a Self-Defense Forces unit to the region.
"The need for SDF deployment has not been confirmed at this point," Iwaya said at a press conference Friday. "We do not plan to send an SDF unit to areas near the Strait of Hormuz to deal with the incident."
He also said that the attacks do not constitute a situation in which Japan's existence is threatened, a condition allowing the country exercise the right to collective self-defense.
In phone talks, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed their countries' intent to closely cooperate on the incident.
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