Thursday 17 October 2019

Trump criticises 'one-sided' deal to help Japan in event of attack

U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Tom Batchelor in Washington

Donald Trump has complained that Japan would not have to help if the US were attacked, suggesting citizens of the allied country "can watch it on a Sony television".

Speaking to Fox News during a rambling telephone interview, the US president said: "If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. But if we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television."

The statement is the latest in a series made by Mr Trump bemoaning existing military agreements with Japan.

The president has considered withdrawing from a defence treaty with Japan that has been in place for more than 60 years, reports suggest.

Mr Trump regards the accord, which guarantees US aid if Japan is ever attacked, as one-sided, three sources were quoted by Bloomberg as saying. (© Independent News Service)

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