Japan-South Korea Pact to Enable Sharing of Wide Info on North Korea (News)
Seoul, Nov. 24 (Jiji Press)--A military intelligence-sharing pact that was signed between Japan and South Korea on Wednesday and put into force immediately is seen fortifying the two countries' cooperation in gathering a wide range of information about North Korea, including its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.
The general security of military information agreement, or GSOMIA, is also expected to help Tokyo and Seoul precisely figure out circumstances about such provocative actions by Pyongyang.
On Aug. 24, North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which fell into Sea of Japan waters under Japan's air defense identification zone.
As submarine operations are difficult to be detected, South Korea believes the GSOMIA with Japan is useful in countering such threats from Pyongyang.
Japan has anti-submarine helicopters and patrol aircraft capable of detecting submarine operations, soryu-class submarines and five intelligence-gathering satellites. They are likely to be helpful in the surveillance of North Korean submarines.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]