Japan will not provide weapons as part of its additional contribution to the U.S.-led forces fighting Iraq, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

But the spokesman, Taizo Watanabe, would not say whether further cash contributions could be used to buy weapons, a move that would provoke fierce resistance from opposition parties.Watanabe said no decision has been made on the amount of assistance to be added to the $2 billion already pledged to the U.S.-led allied forces in the Persian Gulf war.

In New York on Monday, Finance Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said, "I hope that whatever the amount that will be put to us will not go beyond $10 billion."