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Japan: ending intelligence agreement exhibits South Korea fails to recognize North Korean intimidation

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Takeshi Iwaya

Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya stated on Friday South Korea’s choice to terminate an intelligence-sharing agreement was unfortunate and indicated it neglected to value the developing national security risk presented by North Korean missiles.

“North Korea’s reiterated projectile tests undermine national security and participating among Japan and South Korea and with the U.S. is important,” Iwaya told journalists. “We firmly encourage them to settle on a good decision.”

On Thursday, South Korea announced it was concluding the intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, further stressing ties among Seoul and Tokyo in a disagreement about South Koreans pushed into constrained labor during Japan’s wartime control of Korea.

Relations between the East Asian neighbours were at that point at their most reduced ebb in years before Seoul’s decision to part from the arrangement of General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).

The debate has overflowed into the trade, with Japan placing constraints on the trading of semiconductor substances to South Korea and expelling it from a list of countries provided special trading terms.

Under the GSOMIA, which had been expected for automatic restoration on Saturday, the two nations shared data on the risk presented by North Korea’s missile and atomic programs. Rejecting the agreement means Japan and South Korea may need to return to sharing intelligence through the U.S. army.

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