FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump Departs for Campaign to Travel to Louisiana from White House South Lawn in Washington, USA, November 1
TOKYO (Reuters) – US President Demands from Japan to double its payments to U.S. forces stationed there, foreign policy said, citing unnamed current and former U.S. officials as Washington pressured longtime allies to increase their defense spending.
Washington wants Tokyo to increase annual payments to 54,000 U.S. troops in Japan to about $ 8 billion from about $ 2 billion, foreign policy said, citing three unnamed former defense officials. This agreement expires in March 2021.
The request was made to Japanese officials during a trip to the region in July by John Bolton, at the time Trump's national security adviser and Matt Pottinger, who was then Asia's director of the Council for national security, foreign policy said.
A spokesman for the Japanese Foreign Ministry said that the report of the US publication on global issues was incorrect and that no negotiations had been held between the US and Japan.
Representatives of the US Government were not immediately available to comment outside working hours.
Many US allies are pressured by Washington's defense spending.
Trump also urges Seoul to cover more than the cost of a US military presence in South Korea, where it serves as a deterrent to North Korea, and is floating the idea of withdrawing US troops from the peninsula, Reuters reported Wednesday.
Report by Sam Noosi; Editing by Jacqueline Wong