Kerry reaffirms US NATO commitment after Trump remarks

John Kerry

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed Washington's promise to protect its NATO allies Thursday after White House hopeful Donald Trump called it into question.

Trump said in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday that if NATO allies were attacked he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations «have fulfilled their obligations to us.»

Kerry said at a news conference dedicated to the fight against the Islamic State group that he had no intention to get into the presidential race.

«So let me just restate American policy with respect to NATO, because I want our NATO partners to be clear about where we stand,» he said.

"This administration, like every single administration Republican and Democrat alike since 1949 remains fully committed to the NATO alliance and to our security commitments under Article Five, which is absolutely bedrock, to our membership and partnership with NATO."

Under Article Five of the NATO treaty, members agree to regard an attack on one member as an attack on all and promise to mobilize together to defeat the threat.

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