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US, Japan agree space attacks covered by joint defense treaty

WASHINGTON - The United States and Japan will consider space attacks as triggers for their mutual defense treaty, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday, amid rapid Chinese progress on satellites.

Incidents in space "present a clear challenge" and could trigger Article Five of the US-Japan treaty that considers an attack on either an attack on both, Blinken told a joint news conference with his Japanese counterparts. -- Agence France-Presse