Suga Denies Trump Remark on Security Treaty Review


Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Sunday denied a remark by U.S. President Donald Trump that he has told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the need to review the two countries' security treaty.

At a press conference in the western Japan city of Osaka on Saturday, Trump said he has told Abe that the bilateral pact needs to be reviewed while stopping short of clarifying when he made the remark.

Suga said on television, "At their bilateral meeting held in Osaka on Friday, the two leaders did not make any remarks at all over a review of the security pact or stated that the bilateral pact is one-sided." The Abe-Trump meeting took place on the sidelines of the two-day Group of 20 summit in Osaka through Saturday.

There were no such discussions during phone talks held between Abe and Trump in the past, the top Japanese government spokesman also said, noting that he is informed of what the two leaders say every time they talk over the phone.

"We, as the government, should not react to a series of recent remarks Trump made (regarding the security treaty), as they were made to third parties" during the press conference or on other occasions, Suga added.

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