Moon, Esper Agree Importance of U.S.-S. Korea-Japan Cooperation


Seoul, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday agreed on the importance of trilateral cooperation among their countries plus Japan amid tensions between Tokyo and Seoul over trade and history issues.

Moon and Esper shared the view in their meeting in Seoul, according to officials of South Korea's Blue House presidential office.

Esper is believed to have called on Moon to extend a defense intelligence-sharing agreement between the two Asian countries, informed sources said. Seoul has been reviewing the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, in response to Tokyo's tighter controls on exports to South Korea.

The meeting between Moon and Esper lasted for 30 minutes at the Blue House, according to the presidential office. This is Esper's first visit to South Korea since taking office late last month.

Congratulating Esper on becoming U.S. defense secretary, Moon said that the South Korea-U.S. alliance is strong and underlined the need for supporting denuclearization talks between the United States and North Korea for a successful conclusion.

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