Obama says disputed islands within scope of US-Japan security treaty
Published on Apr 23, 2014 9:30 AM
TOKYO (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan's defence.
Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Tokyo for a visit aimed at reaffirming strong US-Japan ties in the face of rising tensions over China and North Korea.
"The policy of the United States is clear - the Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of ... the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security," Obama said, referring to the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.
"And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands," he said.
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