Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that U.S. President Donald Trump is not considering scrapping the longstanding Japan-U.S. Security Treaty although he shook the status quo by saying it is “unfair” and needs to be changed.

Abe, appearing on an Internet program on the night of June 30, expressed the belief that Trump telling him about the need to change the defense pact he considers unfair is just the president's own personal view.

“I believe that the president gave his opinion” with the remarks, Abe said.

He also said he believes Trump’s musings amount to nothing more than meaning that he has “no intention of scrapping the Japan-U.S. security alliance.”

Abe said that is because defense ties between the two countries were reinforced with a package of security legislation that went into force in 2016.

The legislation significantly expanded Japan’s Self-Defense Forces' overseas ability to help its allies.

Abe referred to his first meeting with then President-elect Trump in November 2016.

“I have explained to him since when I met him for the first time at Trump Tower what Japan can do with the SDF under the Constitution,” Abe said.

Abe stressed the significance of the current defense cooperation between the two countries, saying the U.S. military and the SDF can help each other to protect Japan.

“The (Japan-U.S.) alliance is extremely strong,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Trump never called for a change to the treaty when he held talks with the prime minister on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka on June 28 or past discussions over the telephone in which the government spokesman was present.

Suga made the comment when he appeared in a news show aired by Fuji Television Network Inc. on June 30.

He indicated that the Japanese government will take a wait-and-see approach concerning Trump’s comments on the security treaty, saying the U.S. side has never made a direct request in connection with the pact.

Suga added that Tokyo does not plan to ask Washington about the president’s motive for commenting on the treaty.

Under the treaty, signed in 1951 and revised in 1960, the United States is obligated to defend Japan if it is attacked. In return, it is allowed to base military forces in Japan. However, Japan is not bound to come to the assistance of the United States if it comes under attack.