07/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

U.S. Credit Rating Safe, A "solid triple-A": Moody's

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday that the U.S. government's triple-A credit rating was safe but added that it could be at risk if Washington were unable to bring its public debt back to a downward trajectory.

Financial markets have repeatedly been spooked this year by concern that triple-A rated governments such as the United States and Britain could face credit ratings downgrades as they borrow heavily to spend their way out of recession.

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