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Japan defense minister: Iran not involved in Saudi attacks, Houthis are

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 18, 2019
Japan has not seen any intelligence that shows Iran was involved in the recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, Japan’s new defense chief said on Wednesday.
Defense Minister Taro Kono
Asia   Defense Minister Taro Kono
“We are not aware of any information that points to Iran,” Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters at a briefing.

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“We believe the Houthis carried out the attack based on the statement claiming responsibility,” he added.

Japan has maintained cordial ties with Iran even as relations between Tehran and Washington have deteriorated.

Kono on Monday said Japan cannot participate in any military retaliation because of constitutional restraints and would instead pursue a diplomatic solution to the current crisis.