Seoul Undecided on Military Intelligence Pact with Tokyo

Politics

Seoul, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean government has yet to decide whether to allow the extension of a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a Blue House source said Monday.

The General Security of Military Information Agreement will be extended for another year unless either Japan or South Korea notifies the other of its intention to scrap the pact by Saturday.

Seoul is likely to withhold making a decision until the very last minute to see and analyze Tokyo's moves, observers said.

In South Korea, there are calls for terminating the agreement as retaliation for Japan's measures to effectively tighten controls of exports to the neighboring country.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, took a softer stance in his speech on the anniversary Thursday of the end of World War II, expressing his willingness to open dialogue with Japan.

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