Denmark’s prime minister said Friday that it is discussing with several European associates about an international naval mission to ensure safe shipping via the Strait of Hormuz.
France has driven for a European alternative after ruling out becoming a member of a U.S.-led alliance of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo vessels from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
U.S Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his French equivalent will discuss Saturday how France’s navy could coordinate with the US to ensure freedom of navigation across the Hormuz Strait.
“When it is about the Strait of Hormuz, we deem it sensible, and several European nations do so, too, that we try and build a European-led mission, which shouldn’t be regarded as an alternative choice to the American presence, but as a supplement,” Frederiksen said.
Denmark may even add about 700 soldiers, a frigate and four fighter jets to NATO forces, Defense Minister Trine Bramsen said at the briefing.
Besides, it will ship a frigate to support a U.S. plane service in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean beginning early in 2020, she said.
The NATO country earlier this year promised to boost its military spending to 1.5% of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2023, up from 1.35% planned this year.
U.S. President Donald Trump called off a planned visit to Denmark in September after his thought about buying Greenland, a Danish territory, was denied. In a tweet later, Trump criticized Denmark for not meeting a NATO goal of spending 2% of GDP on defense.