AMID TRADE DISPUTE, SOUTH KOREA TO END INTELLIGENCE-SHARING PACT WITH JAPAN
23 August 2019
South Korea said on Thursday it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a decision that could further escalate a dispute over history and trade and undercut security cooperation on North Korea.
The decision was announced after an hours-long debate within the
presidential National Security Council (NSC). The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) was due to
be automatically renewed on Saturday, unless either side decided to cancel it.
Japan created a grave change in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea’s fast-track export status, citing security concerns without providing clear evidence, said
Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the National Security Council. Under this situation, we have determined that it would not serve our national interest to maintain an agreement we signed with the aim of exchanging military information which is sensitive to security,Kim told a news conference.
South Korea would deliver a formal notice to Japan within the due date, Kim said.
Although ties between Japan and South Korea are in a very tough situation, we believe we should cooperate with South Korea where cooperation is necessary,Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary YoshihideSuga told a regular news conference earlier on Thursday.