No Plan to Send SDF to Hormuz for Now: Japan Minister

Tokyo, June 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan has no immediate plan to send Self-Defense Forces troops to the Strait of Hormuz, where a tanker operated by a Japanese company was attacked recently, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Tuesday.

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that Japan, China and other countries "should be protecting their own ships" carrying oil to their homelands through the strait.

"At the moment, we are not considering dispatching an SDF unit to areas around the Strait of Hormuz," Iwaya told a press conference in response to the tweet.

But he added that the government "would have to consider something" if tensions in the region escalate further.

Meanwhile, the minister noted that Japanese antipiracy operations involving a Maritime SDF destroyer are continuing in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia.

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