Japan Denies Reported Trump Comments about Defense Pact

Politics

Tokyo, June 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan flatly denied Tuesday a news report that U.S. President Donald Trump has recently mused to confidants about withdrawing from a longstanding defense treaty with Tokyo.

Tokyo rushed to point out that the Japan-U.S. alliance has been kept in good shape, a move designed to prevent the report from causing doubts about the credibility of the alliance and affecting Japan's security, sources familiar with the situation said.

Japan is also concerned that the report may deal a heavy blow to the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been regarding the alliance as the foundation of Japan's diplomacy, the sources said.

Bloomberg said Monday that Trump regards the treaty as too one-sided because it promises U.S. aid if Japan is ever attacked but does not oblige Japan to come to U.S. defense.

"There has been no such talk as reported," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference, denying the report.

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