With Mount Fuji in the background, an Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron takes off at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 9, 2018.  YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE
With Mount Fuji in the background, an Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron takes off at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 9, 2018. YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE

Japanese officials dismiss report that Trump spoke of ending defense treaty

by Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — The Japanese government has dismissed a U.S. media report saying that President Donald Trump spoke of ending the two nations’ longstanding postwar defense pact.

Bloomberg News, citing anonymous sources, reported Monday that Trump had privately mused about withdrawing from the “one-sided” security treaty with the United States’ longtime ally.

The president thinks the accord is unfair because it promises U.S. aid if Japan is attacked but doesn’t oblige Japan to come to America’s defense, the Bloomberg report said.

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