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Japan refuses to join U.S. coalition in Middle East

Christian Fernsby |
Japan says it will not join any U.S. coalition in the Middle East, but is considering sending its own forces in a bid to ensure oil shipments from the region.

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Topics: JAPAN    U.S.    MIDDLE EAST   

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has tasked his ministers to study the possibility of a deployment to the region aimed at "collecting information".

This would be totally separate from Washington’s plan to form a coalition that according to U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, “will patrol the Strait of Hormuz to keep those shipping lanes, those sea lanes open.”

Back in August the US had requested its allies to help build a "coalition" against Iran in the Persian Gulf.

As its key Asian ally, and a major regional naval power, it was keen for Tokyo to join its maritime force.

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