Japan Urges S. Korea to Act Wisely over Military Info Pact

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--Senior Japanese diplomat Kenji Kanasugi on Thursday urged S. Korea to act prudently following its decision to scrap its military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo.

Kanasugi, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, made the request to Kim Jung-han, director-general for Asian and Pacific affairs at the South Korean Foreign Ministry, during their meeting in Seoul on the day.

Last week, South Korea decided not to renew the general security of military information agreement, or GSOMIA, with Japan, which allows the two Asian neighbors to share defense secrets. The bilateral pact is therefore set to expire in November.

The Japanese side also urged Seoul to correct what Tokyo claims is its violation of international law over the issue of wartime labor. "The ball is in South Korea's court," Kanasugi told reporters after the meeting with Kim.

Last year, South Korea's top court ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans requisitioned to work for them during World War II. Japan takes the position that the wartime labor issue was settled by a 1965 bilateral agreement on property and rights.

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