US-led Hormuz coalition opens command center

Nov 08, 2019

US-led Hormuz coalition opens command center

Tokyo (Japan) Nov 8: A US-led coalition to safeguard navigation in the Strait of Hormuz has opened a new command center in Bahrain.
The US Central Command on Thursday announced the opening of the headquarters, aimed at increasing surveillance of the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman and other key waterways in the Middle East.
The administration of US President Donald Trump proposed the coalition in July amid growing tensions with Iran, and called on other countries to take part.
So far, seven countries -- the United States, Britain, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Albania -- have joined the initiative.
Japan has decided against joining the coalition, but is considering sending Self-Defense Forces on its own to help ensure safe navigation in the region.
The Trump administration is apparently aiming to step up pressure on Iran through the initiative, but many countries are hesitant to join out of consideration for their relationships with Tehran.
Iran has also proposed its own initiative to ensure the safety of navigation in cooperation with other countries.
Source: NHK World