U.S. Would Regard A Cyberattack On Japan As An 'Armed Attack'

From left: Japan’s Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya, Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting US secretary of defence Patrick Shanahan arrive for a press conference after a meeting at the US Department of State on April 19, 2019 in Washington. Photo: AFP

The Asahi Shimbun: Japan, U.S. say cyber-attacks would be covered by security pact

WASHINGTON--Japan and the United States agreed April 19 that a concerted cyber-attack on Japan could be considered an armed attack covered by their security treaty.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya met here with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, in a session of the Japan-U.S. Joint Security Consultative Committee.

In a joint statement issued afterward, the two sides agreed that "a cyber-attack could, in certain circumstances, constitute an armed attack for the purposes of Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty."

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