The Abe administration has embarked on work to enable the Self-Defense Forces to take part in collective security actions that potentially put troops in harm's way, such as mine sweeping operations in the Middle East in the absence of a cease-fire, an official said.

The administration is likely to present a plan on how to prepare the necessary legal framework to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito later this month, the official said Sunday on condition of anonymity.

The move came after the administration judged that the SDF could participate in collective security actions if three conditions set for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense are met.