JAPAN BRIEFS IRAN ON PLAN TO SEND FORCES TO MIDDLE EAST | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

JAPAN BRIEFS IRAN ON PLAN TO SEND FORCES TO MIDDLE EAST

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday briefed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tokyo’s plan to send naval forces to the Middle East to protect Japanese vessels, a Japanese official said, Reuters reports.

Rouhani said in response that he understood Japan’s intention to contribute to navigational safety, the official told a media briefing after the two leaders met in Tokyo.

“I’m highly concerned about tensions running high in the Middle East,” Abe told Rouhani at the start of the meeting.

Friction between Tehran and Washington has increased since last year when US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six nations and re-imposed sanctions on the country, crippling its economy.

In May and June, several attacks took place on international merchant vessels, including Saudi tankers, in Gulf waters which the United States blamed on Iran. Tehran denies the accusations. In July, Iranian forces seized a British tanker in the Gulf after British marines captured an Iranian vessel in the Strait of Gibraltar. Both ships were later released.

The planned Japanese operation is set to cover high seas in the Gulf of Oman, the northern Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, but not the Strait of Hormuz.

According to a draft plan approved by parties in the ruling coalition, Japan will deploy a destroyer and P-3C patrol aircraft for gathering information in the Gulf region – source of nearly 90 percent of Japan’s crude oil imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Abe's intentions are good and pragmatic; but I hope that there is no "false flag" against any of these Japanese vessels, so as to make them, and their crews, the "sacrificial lambs" to be used by the US and Israel in their desire to regime change Iran.

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