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Abe comments on “Operation Sentinel”

Yomiuri and Mainichi took up press remarks made by Prime Minister Abe regarding “Operation Sentinel,” which the Trump administration is hoping to launch in partnership with Japan and others to protect tankers and other commercial ships in and near the Strait of Hormuz. Abe was quoted as saying: “We need to discern what the U.S.’s intentions are. I’m not sure what the U.S. wants [Japan to do].” The premier reportedly emphasized that he will continue diplomatic efforts to ease tensions between the U.S. and Iran by capitalizing on Tokyo’s friendship with Tehran. “The international community, including the U.S., recognizes the importance of dialogue,” said the premier. “Japan is expected to play a role in making the Strait of Hormuz a sea of tranquility.”


According to Mainichi, Komeito Chief Representative Yamaguchi urged the prime minister yesterday to be cautious in responding to the U.S. calls for joining the coalition by saying that priority should be given to diplomacy. The daily quoted an unnamed senior MOFA official as saying: “The U.S. initiative is still in the planning stages. It is too early to study SDF deployment.”       

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