US, Japan discuss “vital global mission” to ensure Hormuz Strait transit

WASHINGTON, The US and Japan discussed on Monday the need for nations to contribute to the “vital global mission” of maintaining safe passage for vessels sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

This came as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japan’s newly-appointed Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi spoke over the phone, according to the US State Department.

Separately, Pompeo said there was a need for “constructive dialogue” between Japan and South Korea to “ensure a free and open future for the Indo-Pacific.” In regards to North Korea, he said the US remains steadfast on achieving the denuclearization of North Korea.

Meanwhile, reaffirming the strength of their alliance, he also said the US would continue working with Japan to address regional and global matters.

Earlier, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggested to CNBC that the time had come for a global alliance to be formed that deals with “malign activity” of Iran, which is located on the Strait Hormuz.

His comments come two days after drone attacks, the US blames Iran for carrying out, on two of Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in the eastern cities of Abqaiq and Khurais.

Tehran has also been blamed by the US for carrying out several attacks on ships transiting through the strategic waterway, which links the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and has seized numerous vessels there.

Source: Kuwait News Agency