Report: Japan won't contribute ships to U.S. Middle East maritime force

Japan will not send warships to join a U.S.-led maritime force to guard oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz fearing a military response from Iran, but it may send patrol aircraft, the Mainichi newspaper said Friday, citing unidentified government sources.


But Japan may send warships independently to protect Japanese ships in the world's most important oil artery, the newspaper said.


"We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to collect information while working closely with the United States and other countries," said Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, when asked about the report.


פרסום ראשון: 08.02.19, 09:56