S. Korea Notifies Japan of Exit from Military Info Pact
Seoul, Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)--South Korea notified Japan on Friday of its decision to exit the two countries' military intelligence-sharing agreement, adding to already heightened tensions between the two neighbors over trade and history issues.
South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young summoned Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Yasumasa Nagamine to give the written notification. Nagamine vehemently protested the South Korean decision.
The two governments are now expected to cease direct exchanges of military intelligence, even before the expiration on Nov. 23 of the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA.
The intelligence-sharing pact was set to be extended for another year automatically if no objection was raised from either of its parties by the deadline on Saturday.
At a press conference in Seoul, Kim You-geun, deputy director of the South Korean presidential national security office, claimed that there was no reason for maintaining the bilateral pact, as basic relations of trust between the two governments were damaged.
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