US-Japan alliance cornerstone of stability in Pacific – Trump

“The US-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Pacific region,” United States President Donald Trump said during a joint press conference with visiting Japan head of government Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, February 10 at White House.

“It is important that both Japan and the United States continue to invest very heavily in the alliance to build up our defense and our defensive capabilities, which, under our mutual leadership, will become stronger and stronger, and, as time goes by, ultimately they will be impenetrable,” Trump said.

He said that Japan and United States face numerous challenges which requires bilateral cooperation.

“Our country is committed to being an active and fully engaged partner. We will work together to promote our shared interests, of which we have many in the region, including freedom from navigation and of navigation, and defending against the North Korean missile and nuclear threat, both of which I consider a very, very high priority,” he said.

For his part, Prime Minister Abe said “we have confirmed that U.S.-Japan Security Pact Article 5 will be applied to Senkaku Islands.”

“The United States will strengthen its presence in the region. And under the banner of the proactive contribution to peace, Japan will play a greater role. At the same time, we will maintain the deterrence and also to proceed on reducing the impact we had fought through on the realignment of the U.S. forces in Japan,” the Japanese leader said.