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Defense Secretary Mattis not planning to urge Japan to pay more for hosting U.S. troops during visit

  • January 27, 2017
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Jiji Press reported that Pentagon spokesperson Davis said on Thursday that the purpose of the visit to Japan and South Korea by new Secretary of Defense Mattis from Feb. 1 to 4 is “to meet with the leaders of the two nations and strengthen the relationships.” He also explained that Secretary Mattis is not planning to ask Japan or South Korea to pay more for stationing U.S. troops by saying that the defense chief “will not bring a list of requests with him.” Concerning President Trump’s remarks during his interview with ABC that waterboarding of terrorists “works,” the Pentagon spokesman stressed that Secretary Mattis “testified at the confirmation hearing that he will abide by the international or domestic laws” and pointed out that the defense chief has no intention to reinstate torture.

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