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Trump ponders termination of military agreement with Japan


US President Donald Trump discussed with his entourage withdrawal from the agreement on mutual cooperation and security guarantees with Japan, which was signed in 1951, Bloomberg reports on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
According to the agency’s source, the American president has recently expressed dissatisfaction with this agreement, considering it unfair. Trump's discontent is caused by the fact that under this treaty, the United States must come to help Japan if the country is attacked, but the Japanese are not obliged to help the Americans if the need arises.

Nevertheless, as noted by Bloomberg, Trump has not yet taken any real steps to get the United States out of this agreement, and his administration officials believe that he is unlikely to go for it.

The agency notes that the US withdrawal from the treaty could jeopardize the alliance that developed after World War II, helped to ensure security in the Asia-Pacific region and laid the foundation for an economic boom. In addition, this step could result in a new nuclear arms race, since Japan will have to look for another way to protect against threats from China and the DPRK.

Trump will visit Japan during the G20 summit in Osaka, which will be held on June 28-29, and will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there.

source: bloomberg.com