Kang, Pompeo Discuss Japan-S. Korea Military Info Pact

Politics

Seoul, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night exchanged views on the soon-to-expire military information-sharing pact between Seoul and Tokyo.

Holding talks over the phone, Kang and Pompeo also agreed on the need for them to meet soon and discuss issues between South Korea and the United States, according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

They may have discussed how South Korea and Japan would possibly be able to avoid the expiration of their General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, sources said. The pact is set to lapse at midnight Friday (3 p.m. GMT), after Seoul decided in August not to renew it amid deteriorating South Korea-Japan relations.

A Kang-Pompeo meeting will be arranged later, the ministry said.

Kang and Pompeo talked also about South Korea's host-nation support for U.S. forces in the country while confirming the two governments' intentions to continue close communication at all levels, the ministry said.

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