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The administration does not view minesweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz as one of the possible actions that the Self-Defense Forces would carry out if the national security bills are enacted, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“Considering the current international circumstances, we are not expecting that (minesweeping) will become a real issue,” Abe told the Upper House special committee on Monday.

But Abe also said it is essential to secure safe navigation for the development and prosperity of not only Japan but the entire world.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the committee that the administration does not expect Iran or any other nations to lay mines in the strait.

But it is important to prepare for various possibilities, as uncertainty is increasing over the security environment in the Middle East, Kishida added.

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