Japan Undecided on Strait of Hormuz Coalition

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, in talks with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday, failed to say whether Tokyo will join a Washington-proposed coalition of allies to safeguard waters around the Strait of Hormuz off Iran.

Meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Iwaya told Esper that Japan wants to "consider every angle" of the matter and "make a judgment in a comprehensive manner."

The two agreed to promote defense cooperation between Japan and the United States.

In discussing issues related to North Korea, Iwaya and Esper confirmed a policy of complete implementation for related U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also held talks with Esper, at the prime minister's office in Tokyo.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press