(5 Aug 2019) South Korea is reviewing its military information sharing agreement with Japan amid an escalating dispute between the countries.
South Korean Defence Ministry spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo said Monday that Seoul is questioning the renewal of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Tokyo, “a country that lacks trust in our country and raises security issues.”
Japanese-South Korean relations nosedived recently after Japan downgraded South Korea’s trade status.
South Korea responded in kind and has threatened further retaliation, including possibly ending the intelligence sharing agreement.
Choi also said South Korea is preparing for the second half of a joint exercise with the United States aimed at the transition of military control from the US to South Korea.
South Korean media have reported that Washington and Seoul begin their joint military training on Monday, but Choi did not confirm the start of the training.
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