The United States want to participate in the Asian ally, Japan, to the military use of “Sentinel” (guard) against Iran to protect international shipping in the Persian Gulf.

At a Meeting with U.S. Secretary of defense Mark Esper in Tokyo, his Japanese colleague Takeshi Iwaya said he will think about Japan’s role in the Strait of Hormuz, according to the news Agency Kyodo reported.

Esper had declared before the start of his first visit to Tokyo as the new Pentagon chief, every country that have interest in a free trade ship journey, you should consider an investment in this kind of Surveillance of the Strait of Hormuz. To Japan count.

The U.S. Plan has met with mixed reactions. While want to be a part of great Britain refuses Germany a joint military operation with the United States and relies on a European solution. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that he would include in his Considerations, both the relations of the security partners, the USA as well as the traditionally good relations to Iran, before he decide what role it could play in his own country.

The conflict between Iran and the United States has the route of the security situation on the trade through the Strait of Hormuz, dramatically deteriorated. In the past few weeks there have been several ships and attacked set.

During his Meeting with Abe in Tokyo Esper accused also Beijing a “predatory” economic policy. China would be in breach of the international rule-based order, “we try to maintain,” said Esper, according to Kyodo. Before Washington, Beijing had accused of currency manipulation.

Esper accused China “military Aggression”. “China is destabilizing further the Region,” said Esper. In his subsequent Meeting with his counterpart Iwaya, the Pentagon chief, China said necessary neighbouring countries to its own advantage.

In regard to North Korea, said Esper, the United States is still committed to a complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea. The Pentagon chief specifically thanked Japan for the implementation of UN sanctions against North Korea to contribute.

The previous day had tested North Korean missiles, and two missiles into the sea of Japan fired. It was the fourth rocket was start in the past nearly two weeks. UN resolutions prohibit North Korea has repeatedly tested nuclear bombs – the launches of ballistic missiles of any range. In view of the changing security situation, the Alliance of the United States, Japan has a key role, said Iwaya when Meeting with Esper.

Against the Backdrop of a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Seoul, due to stricter export controls by Tokyo and compensation claims of Seoul for Korean forced laborers during Japan’s colonial rule (1910 to 1945) agreed with both defense Minister, according to Kyodo, the importance of cooperation with South Korea. Japan and South Korea are allies of the United States.

Reuters topics in this article, Japan Mark Esper, USA, military use, Golf Tokyo, Iran, Persian, China, Strait of Hormuz, North Korea, Shinzo Abe Persian Golf watch Asia Beijing marine in the United Kingdom, Germany

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