South Korea: stop the information sharing agreement with Japan
United States alarmed
South Korea declared on Thursday August 22 that it will abandon the information sharing pact with Japanese military intelligence.
The agreement was a barometer of relations between Seoul and Tokyo and was a way for the United States to monitor North Korea's missile activity. Bonds cracked in early August after Tokyo imposed a series of trade restrictions for South Korean exports and removed Seoul from a list of trusted trading partners.
Kim You-geun, the first deputy head of the National Security Council of South Korea, said that Seoul has chosen to terminate the contract because trade restrictions have "caused a major shift in security cooperation between the two countries. Our government has concluded that it is not in our national interest to share sensitive military information".
A Pentagon spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn, said the United States is hoping that Japan and South Korea will work together to resolve their conflicts: "Sharing Intel is the key to developing our policy and strategy common defense". "Rand Corporation" analyst Jeffrey Hornung appeared alarmed: "It is disconcerting that the South Korean president is putting his population at risk".
At the moment there has not been response from the Japanese government.
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