Japan Protests S. Korea's Decision to Scrap Intel-Sharing Pact


Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japan lodged a strong protest on Thursday against South Korea's decision to abolish their bilateral military intelligence-sharing pact.

"South Korea's decision misunderstood the regional security environment and is extremely regrettable," Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a statement.

Kono summoned South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo and protested against Seoul's decision to scrap the pact, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA.

Nam said he will relay the Japanese protest to Seoul, according to Kono.

Speaking to reporters, Kono said Seoul's explanations that its action reflected Tokyo's decision to tighten controls on exports to South Korea are "totally unacceptable."

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