U.S. ‘Respects’ Japan’s Request on Okinawa Airbase


Phil Stewart
March 31,2010

The Pentagon said on Monday it respected Japan’s request to consider alternatives to the relocation of a U.S. air base on Okinawa island but stopped short of pledging to explore new options to soothe strained ties between the allies.

The comments by a Pentagon spokesman came as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met Japan’s foreign minister at the Pentagon, talks that touched on the future of Futenma Air Station, which is home to about 2,000 Marines.

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