Japan Remains Cautious about Strait of Hormuz Coalition
Tokyo, July 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government remains cautious about joining a U.S.-proposed coalition of allies to ensure security in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran, as the United States seems struggling to secure the participation of other countries.
In an apparent sign of Washington's frustration, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a television interview on Thursday, urged Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Norway, South Korea and Australia to join the envisioned naval coalition.
In Tokyo, there is persistent opposition to sending Self-Defense Forces troops to the region, given Japan's emphasis on diplomatic efforts to resolve tensions there.
In June, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Iran, in a bid to mediate between Washington and Tehran by leveraging Japan's traditional friendly ties with the Middle Eastern nation.
Among Japanese officials including at the Foreign Ministry, there are concerns that the possible U.S.-led coalition could be regarded as an attempt to contain Iran, jeopardizing the diplomatic efforts.
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