Japan's plans to send patrol ship to Gulf of Oman unaffected by Iran-US conflict

# 08 January 2020 18:05 (UTC +04:00)

The confrontation between the United States and Iran does not affect Tokyo's plans to send a warship to patrol the Gulf of Oman, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"At the moment, the course has not changed," Suga said at a briefing, commenting on the issue.

Tokyo will monitor the situation and fully prepare to send self-defence forces to the region, he added.

The one-year operation will also involve the Lockheed P-3 Orion coastal surveillance aircraft. A total of 260 Japanese troops will take part in the operation. It is expected that they will start the mission in February. They are allowed to use weapons only in case of emergency to protect Japanese ships. The mission's budget for 2020 is 4.7 billion Japanese yen (about $43 million).