S. Korea to Scrap Intel-Sharing Pact with Japan

Politics

Seoul, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--South Korea said Thursday it will scrap its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a decision that will negatively affect security cooperation among the two Asian countries and the United States amid persistent security threats from North Korea.

Seoul will notify Tokyo of its decision before Saturday's deadline via a diplomatic channel, South Korea's presidential office said.

Japan's recent decision to exclude South Korea from its list of trusted trading partners has caused a major change in the environment surrounding security cooperation between the two countries, Kim You-geun, deputy director of South Korea's presidential national security office, said at a press conference.

It would not meet the national interest of South Korea if the country maintains the pact designed to share sensitive military information, he said.

The pact, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, was concluded in November 2016 under the administration of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

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