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DM Iwaya says no plan to send SDF to Strait of Hormuz

  • July 16, 2019
  • , NHK
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NHK reported today that in light of the U.S.’s plan to form a coalition of the willing for the security of the Strait of Hormuz as tensions continue to rise over the Iran situation, Defense Minister Iwaya said at a news conference this morning: “While we are deeply concerned by the rise in tensions, the situation is relatively calm at present, so at this point we are not thinking of having the Self-Defense Forces join the coalition of the willing or of sending them there.” However, he was quoted as adding that “this area is extremely important for Japan’s energy security, so we need to think of various options when it becomes really necessary. First, it is important to closely watch the situation,” indicating that a response will be considered depending on the situation.

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