Japan Unlikely to Join Coalition to Safeguard Waters in Middle East

Politics

Tokyo, July 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan is unlikely to take part in a proposed military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen under current conditions if asked to do so, officials said.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, reportedly said Tuesday the United States is engaging with a number of countries to see if such a coalition can be put together.

At a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami declined to comment on the matter.

Japan has not received any request from the United States on such a coalition, a senior Defense Ministry official said.

Japan has deployed Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers to the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial ships, based on the antipiracy law.

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