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Trump ponders ending postwar security pact with Japan: report

In this May 28, 2019 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, addresses American and Japanese troops on the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's helicopter-carrying destroyer Kaga, docked at the MSDF base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Pool photo/Kyodo)

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has privately mused to confidants about withdrawing from a bilateral security treaty with Japan as he regards the decades-old pact is "too one-sided," Bloomberg news service reported Monday, citing three people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg quoted administration officials as saying that pulling out of the treaty is "highly unlikely," adding that the president has not taken any steps toward that end.

Serving as the foundation of the bilateral alliance, the current security treaty between the United States and Japan has been in place since 1960.

Trump views the accord as treating his country unfairly as the United States will come to the aid of Japan if it is attacked, but the treaty does not oblige Japan to come to the defense of the United States, Bloomberg said.

In Tokyo on Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference that the White House had denied the report, telling the Japanese government that it contradicts the U.S. government position.

The report came before Trump and Abe are expected to meet on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka later this week. Abe hosted Trump as a state guest in May, showcasing the strength of the bilateral security alliance.

Under the Constitution that was drafted under the U.S.-led occupation which took effect in 1947 following Japan's surrender in World War II, the country's use of force is strictly limited to self-defense.

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