from Press TV
Japan says it has not seen any evidence to prove a claim by the United States that Iran was involved in recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
“We are not aware of any information that points to Iran,” Japan’s
Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday.
“We believe the Houthis carried out the attack based on the statement claiming responsibility,” he added, referring to the Yemeni group incorporated into the armed forces fighting back a Saudi-led war on Yemen.
Kono further said Japan would not participate in any potential
military action against Iran due to constitutional restraints and would
instead pursue a diplomatic solution to the current tensions in the
The Yemeni military, which also comprises of members of the Houthi
Ansarullah movement, targeted Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities run by
the Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco before dawn on Saturday.
The attacks knocked out more than half of the Saudi crude output, or five percent of the global supply.
US officials soon claimed that the attacks had originated from inside Iran.
Iran has rejected the accusation and said the attacks were a
legitimate act of self-defense by Yemen, which has been under incessant
strikes by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015. The US is a member of
that invading coalition....
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