The official party of the Defense Cyberspace Operations Internal Defense Measures Company stand at parade rest during the company's activation ceremony at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 7, 2018. ALEXIS BETANCES/U.S. MARINE CORPS
The official party of the Defense Cyberspace Operations Internal Defense Measures Company stand at parade rest during the company's activation ceremony at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 7, 2018. ALEXIS BETANCES/U.S. MARINE CORPS

US could regard cyberattack on Japan as 'armed attack,' Pompeo says

by Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes

Top American and Japanese officials said Friday that a cyberattack on Japan could be regarded as an “armed attack” requiring a response by the United States under a joint security treaty binding the two allies.

“The United States and Japan affirmed that international law applies in cyberspace and that a cyberattack could, in certain circumstances, constitute an armed attack under Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a news conference in Washington, D.C.

Pompeo had met with his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Taro Kono, along with U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Japan Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, as part of the U.S.-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Meeting.

“We stressed the need to work together to protect classified information, maintain technological superiority, and preserve our shared defense and economic advantages from theft and exploitation,” Pompeo said.

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