Japan to supply ammunition to S. Korean military in S. Sudan via U.N.

The Japanese government is arranging to supply ammunition to South Korean peacekeepers in South Sudan as part of a United Nations operation in the fledgling African country, which is gripped by a deepening political crisis, officials said Monday.

It would be the first time for Japan, which has a war-renouncing Constitution strictly limiting its self-defense activities abroad, to provide weapons to the military of another country through the United Nations.

The Japanese law governing peacekeeping operations says it can provide supplies, with Cabinet approval, as part of its cooperation in U.N. activities.

Tokyo plans to announce the plan after coordination with Seoul, the officials said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with relevant ministers including Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera shortly after noon to discuss the situation in South Sudan, they said.