トランプ 日本と韓国の核保有を容認

March 28, 2016

2016年3月26日

米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズは26日、大統領選共和党指名争いで独走状態の実業家トランプ氏がインタビューで、日本と韓国の核保有を容認し、米軍の駐留経費を日韓が大幅増額しない場合、米軍を撤退させる可能性について「喜んでというわけではないが、答えはイエスだ」と回答した。

 

非常に過激な発言ではあるが、日本は自国の安全保障をどう確保していくべきなのかを考えさせる需要な発言である。「自分の国の安全は自分で守る」至極当然なことではあるが、われわれ日本国民の意識には生活の危機感はあっても国の存亡という危機感は皆無のようである。(井上昇)

 

【以下、Financial Times の引用】

 

Donald Trump open to Japan and South Korea having nuclear weapons

 

Donald Trump said he would be open to Japan and South Korea building nuclear weapons to deter North Korea, and would consider withdrawing troops from both American allies unless they paid more for their own defence.

 

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr Trump said that allowing Japan and South Korea to develop a nuclear arsenal would reduce pressure on the US to come to their defence every time North Korea acted belligerently. Washington could not continue to respond to requests for help whenever Pyongyang “raises its head”, he warned.

 

“There’ll be a point at which we’re just not going to be able to do it any more. Now, does that mean nuclear? It could mean nuclear,” the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination said.

 

Many experts worry that Japan and South Korea developing atomic weapons would spark a nuclear arms race in east Asia that would be very dangerous, particularly given the tensions between Beijing and Tokyo. But Mr Trump said the US “cannot be the policeman of the world” and suggested that Tokyo and Seoul would move in that direction anyway if the US continued along what he described as a path of “weakness”.

 

“Would I rather have North Korea have them (nuclear weapons) with Japan sitting there having them also? You may very well be better off if that’s the case,” Mr Trump said, before adding that, “If Japan had that nuclear threat, I’m not sure that would be a bad thing for us.”

 

Tim Keating, former head of US Pacific Command, questioned that logic, saying there was no need for Tokyo and Seoul to pursue nuclear weapons.

 

“(Japan and South Korea) are at the very core of our national security strategy in the Asia-Pacific," said Mr Keating. "There is no need for either South Korea or Japan to pursue a nuclear weapon program. Japan provides significant financial support for the thousands of US troops stations there, as does South Korea. Trump’s position is not helpful.”

 

While Mr Trump has said the US should do more to tackle terrorism, he has adopted one of the most isolationist stances on foreign policy for a leading GOP presidential contender in years. But, in the New York Times interview, he disputed that idea, saying that he was “not isolationist, but I am ‘America First’”.

 

Foreign policy experts and the other presidential contenders this week criticised Mr Trump for suggesting — one day before the Belgium terror attacks — that Washington should take a lesser role in Nato, the 28-member military alliance that has formed the bedrock of the transatlantic security relationship since the second world war.

 

During the campaign, Mr Trump has called on Japan and other US allies to pay more for their defence. While most US experts agree that other nations — particularly Europe — should boost their defence budgets, Mr Trump has gone further. Asked if he would consider removing troops from Japan and South Korea unless they paid more, he said “yes”. Donald Trump said he would be open to Japan and South Korea building nuclear weapons to deter North Korea, and would consider withdrawing troops from both American allies unless they paid more for their own defence.

 

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr Trump said that allowing Japan and South Korea to develop a nuclear arsenal would reduce pressure on the US to come to their defence every time North Korea acted belligerently. Washington could not continue to respond to requests for help whenever Pyongyang “raises its head”, he warned.

 

“There’ll be a point at which we’re just not going to be able to do it any more. Now, does that mean nuclear? It could mean nuclear,” the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination said.

 

Many experts worry that Japan and South Korea developing atomic weapons would spark a nuclear arms race in east Asia that would be very dangerous, particularly given the tensions between Beijing and Tokyo. But Mr Trump said the US “cannot be the policeman of the world” and suggested that Tokyo and Seoul would move in that direction anyway if the US continued along what he described as a path of “weakness”.

 

“Would I rather have North Korea have them (nuclear weapons) with Japan sitting there having them also? You may very well be better off if that’s the case,” Mr Trump said, before adding that, “If Japan had that nuclear threat, I’m not sure that would be a bad thing for us.”

 

Tim Keating, former head of US Pacific Command, questioned that logic, saying there was no need for Tokyo and Seoul to pursue nuclear weapons.

 

“(Japan and South Korea) are at the very core of our national security strategy in the Asia-Pacific," said Mr Keating. "There is no need for either South Korea or Japan to pursue a nuclear weapon program. Japan provides significant financial support for the thousands of US troops stations there, as does South Korea. Trump’s position is not helpful.”

 

While Mr Trump has said the US should do more to tackle terrorism, he has adopted one of the most isolationist stances on foreign policy for a leading GOP presidential contender in years. But, in the New York Times interview, he disputed that idea, saying that he was “not isolationist, but I am ‘America First’”.

 

Foreign policy experts and the other presidential contenders this week criticised Mr Trump for suggesting — one day before the Belgium terror attacks — that Washington should take a lesser role in Nato, the 28-member military alliance that has formed the bedrock of the transatlantic security relationship since the second world war.

 

During the campaign, Mr Trump has called on Japan and other US allies to pay more for their defence. While most US experts agree that other nations — particularly Europe — should boost their defence budgets, Mr Trump has gone further. Asked if he would consider removing troops from Japan and South Korea unless they paid more, he said “yes”.

 

 

 

 

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