Japan, U.S. Share Concerns Stoked by Tanker Attacks


Karuizawa, Nagano Pref., June 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan and the United States on Saturday shared concerns stoked by Thursday's attacks on tankers, including one operated by a Japanese company, near the Strait of Hormuz.

"We're closely watching developments linked to the attacks on the oil-related ships with significantly grave concern," Japanese industry minister Hiroshige Seko said at the start of a meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette.

"I really recognize your concerns," Brouillette replied, promising to convey to Seko the results of his planned consultations with intelligence and other specialists on the incident after he returns home.

The two officials met on the sidelines of the two-day meeting of the Group of 20 energy and environment ministers in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, that began on Saturday.

"We condemn the attacks," Brouillette told reporters after the meeting. "We stand firmly with Japan."

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