S. Korea to Scrap GSOMIA without Concession from Japan: Min.


Seoul, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean government will not reconsider its decision to terminate its military information-sharing agreement with Japan unless Tokyo compromises over its export controls applied to South Korea, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday.

At the same time, the South Korean government will make efforts to avoid the expiration of the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, until the last minute, Kang said at a National Assembly committee meeting.

The pact is set to expire at midnight on Friday (3 p.m. GMT).

The South Korean presidential office started discussions on GSOMIA on Thursday at a meeting of the standing committee of the National Security Council, according to South Korean media reports.

The South Korean government is expected to make a final decision as early as Thursday on whether to allow the bilateral pact to expire.

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