'US believes Japan-US treaty covers disputed isles'

By REUTERS
September 17, 2012 06:14




TOKYO - Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said on Monday Tokyo and Washington agree that disputed East China Sea islets claimed by Japan and China are covered by the Japan-US security treaty.

"I did not bring up the topic today, but it is mutually understood between Japan and the United States that (the islands) are covered by the treaty," Gemba told reporters After meeting US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Tokyo.

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