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Japan Snubs US-Led Gulf Coalition, Considers Sending its Own Troops to Strait of Hormuz – Reports

Sputnik – October 18, 2019

The Japanese government has decided to send its own self-defence troops to the Strait of Hormuz area as an alternative to joining the US-coalition to protect commercial vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, according to the Asahi newspaper.

Earlier, media reported that Japan would not join such a coalition due to its close economic ties with Iran, as an important oil producer.

The US announced the creation of a naval coalition in the wake of the detention of a British tanker by Iranian authorities over alleged violations of maritime laws and a series of “sabotage attacks” on commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf. These it blamed on Iran, claiming that  the US goal will be to ensure the safety of navigation through a crucial oil-exporting lane – the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran has strongly denied any involvement in the attacks.

Washington invited several countries from Europe and Asia to participate in this coalition, but so far few have responded. While the UK has shown interest in participating in the American mission, Germany opted for diplomatic efforts as a mean to reduce tensions in the Gulf and stated that its participation in America’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has been “ruled out”.

Iran has slammed the planned American maritime mission as endangering the international waterway and expressed scepticism about Washington’s chances of rallying allies for it.

October 18, 2019 - Posted by | Militarism |

4 Comments »

  1. Iran is not the problem in the Gulf of Hormuz. The “Naval Coalition” is there to intimidate Iran. The Gulf of Hormuz functioned perfectly well before the current ‘standoff’ caused by ‘attacks on ships’ which it could be argued were NOT caused by Iran.
    Just more bullying by Israel’s ‘attack dog’ the Military Industrial Complex, against a country that has NOT attacked anyone in the last 200 years.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | October 18, 2019 | Reply

  2. As they say, karma is a bitch. One can only hope the snub is true. It’s hard to say what’s true and what’s a lie, though.

    Comment by anonymous | October 18, 2019 | Reply

  3. Either way, I could not care less.

    Comment by anonymous | October 18, 2019 | Reply

  4. “Anonymous”?……Gee, I wonder who it is???

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | October 18, 2019 | Reply


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