Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte accuses the United States of building permanent arms depots in his country, putting it at risk, and threatens to tear up a security treaty between them. Ryan Brooks reports.
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte accusing the United States of putting Asian stability at risk. The Pentagon just okayed new warehouses and barracks under a shared defense treaty. But Duterte says the Trump administration's bringing weapons, possibly nuclear weapons, into his country to store permanently, calling it a breach of the deal. "They're unloading arms in the Philippines now... I'm serving notice to the armed forces of the United States. Do not do it, I will not allow it." The security deal with the Philippines only allows equipment for humanitarian missions and maritime security, but if arsenals were built in the Philippines, Duterte says he'll tear up the treaty. He's levied that threat many times before - while also then pledging to honor the agreement, making things awkward between Washington and one of its most crucial Asian allies in the face of a rising China. On the other hand Duterte's cosied up to Beijing rather than confront it, especially on the issue of the disputed South China Sea, and says an American arsenal would simply paint a target for Chinese missiles on Philippines soil.