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Prime Minister Abe comments on U.S. airstrikes on Syria

  • April 15, 2018
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All Sunday papers gave prominent front- and inside-page coverage to President Trump’s announcement on Friday of U.S. military strikes against select Syrian targets in coordination with the UK and France. Prime Minister Abe reportedly said in response to the attack: “The use of chemical weapons is extremely inhumane and Japan can never accept it. The Japanese government supports the resolve of the United States, France, and the UK not to allow their proliferation and use.” He went on to say: “The GOJ understands the airstrikes to be a measure taken to prevent the situation from further deteriorating.” The dailies explained that the Japanese leader chose not to endorse the U.S. military action itself in the absence of a UN Security Council resolution and clear evidence proving that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.   

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