White House Denies Report on Offer for Japan to Join AUKUS

Politics

Washington, April 13 (Jiji Press)--White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday denied a Japanese media report that Japan has been approached regarding its possible participation in the AUKUS security pact among the United States, Britain and Australia.

Speaking at a press conference, Psaki said that the report is "inaccurate."

"Our focus has been on finalizing a trilateral program of work on a range of advanced military capabilities that align our priorities, amplify our collective strengths and accelerate the development and acquisition of leading-edge defense capabilities," she added.

Earlier on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a news conference, "It is not true that we were approached with the offer to join" the AUKUS pact.

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