America cannot insist on military help from Nato

The United States may ask Nato allies to help out if its airbase in Guam comes under attack from North Korea but cannot insist on it.

A North Korean attack on Guam might bring an immediate response from the United StatesA North Korean attack on Guam might bring an immediate response from the United States

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty enshrines the principle of collective defence, declaring that an attack on one member of the military alliance is an attack on all. It is invoked by the nation under attack. The only time it has been used was after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

However, the treaty limits the territory to which Article 5 applies to North America, Europe and islands in the north Atlantic that are under the jurisdiction of member states. That limitation prevented Britain from seeking to…

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