News 12 august — 20:54

NATO comments on North Korea’s possible attack on US Pacific base


In case North Korea attacked the US Pacific military bases, NATO countries will not be automatically involved in the conflict on the current legal basis, a NATO official told TASS on Friday.

"The decision of the North Atlantic Council [NATO’s principal political decision-making body - TASS] is what would matter in any particular case," the official said.

The NATO source added that "Article 6 of the Washington Treaty defines the geographical scope of Article 5 primarily as ‘territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America’ or ‘islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic Area north of the Tropic of Cancer." "Invoking Article 5 is ultimately a political decision," the NATO official added.

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