Secret pact allows unannounced port calls by U.S. nuke ships
Japan Policy & Politics,” Sept 4, 2000?
TOKYO, Aug. 30 Kyodo
Japan and the United States concluded secret agreements when revising the bilateral mutual security treaty in 1960 allowing port calls by nuclear weapons-carrying U.S. ships without prior consultations with Tokyo, the Asahi Shimbun reported Wednesday.
The Asahi said in a front-page article that the agreements also permit deployment of U.S. troops stationed in Japan in case of contingencies on the Korean Peninsula, without prior consultations with Japan.
The agreements are contained in a document titled ”Summary of Unpublished Agreements Reached in Connection With the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security With Japan” found in the U.S. State Department’s congressional briefing book, according to the Asahi report.
The National Security Archives, a private research institution in Washington, last fall obtained a copy of the summary, which was classified again on national security grounds shortly thereafter, the Asahi reported.
The summary says in part that the agreements restrict U.S. obligations to consult with Japan ”on ‘deployment’ to the introduction into Japan of nuclear weapons and large missiles and on ‘operations’ to military combat operations that may be initiated from Japan against areas outside Japan.”
Ichiro Fujisaki, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s North American Affairs Bureau, told the Asahi that no secret agreements have been concluded under the Japan-U.S. security treaty.
In 1967, then Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato told a parliamentary panel that the Japanese government adopts the three nonnuclear principles of not producing, not possessing and not allowing nuclear weapons into the country.
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