Skip to comments.Abe, Kishida, Onodera keeping eye on U.S. response (Japan - Obama's Coalition of Willing)
Posted on 09/01/2013 9:35:08 PM PDT by TexGrill
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he will closely monitor how the U.S. Congress reacts to President Barack Obamas request for permission to attack Syrian President Bashar Assads regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.
I took President Obamas announcement as the expression of his grave determination, Abe told reporters in Chiba Prefecture. I will closely watch the process in the U.S. Congress.
Japan will continue to closely cooperate with the United States and the international community in collecting and analyzing information, he added. We will work to ensure even a little improvement in the situation.
Both Abe and Kishida did not make clear whether Japan will back a U.S. military strike in the Middle Eastern country, which has been in the midst of a civil war since early 2011.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with Abe earlier in the day to brief him on his talks over the telephone Saturday night with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The two diplomats agreed to cooperate in addressing the unrest in Syria.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera meanwhile said at a news conference that we are closely watching how (the United States) will respond because the lawmakers are scheduled to return from summer vacation on Sept. 9 to consider what measures to take in response to the alleged Aug. 21 attack Assads government allegedly conducted against its own citizens.
(Excerpt) Read more at japantimes.co.jp ...
not likely. that’s his way of being tactful...
nice talk, no walk (no rush to arms)
Japan has its hands full these days dealing with its big powerful neighbor to the east’s expansion into the sea around Japan
I think Nippon should be more concerned about fixing the f*ck up at Fukishima, than responding to Soetoro’s pleas for help..
now that Tepco has basically thrown up its hands, watch for the GOJ to make a bargain with barry - their support for our money and help
that’s pretty rich the GOJ condemning Syria for using chemicals when it is dumping tons of radioactive poison into the Pacific and covering up the extent of the mess
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.