UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States is disappointed with the decision of South Korea to stop the exchange of intelligence with Japan, calls on these countries to engage in dialogue, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Thanks to this 2016 agreement, Seoul and Tokyo could directly exchange information about the DPRK without the mediation of the United States. First of all, South Korea showed interest in images from space from Japanese satellites of the territory of the DPRK in connection with the tests of ballistic missiles based on submarines there. The US insisted on signing it to strengthen military ties with Japan and South Korea – their main allies in Asia.
“I spoke with my South Korean counterpart this morning. We are disappointed with the decision of South Korea. We urge the two countries to continue interaction and dialogue,” he said at a press conference.
On Thursday, Seoul announced it would waive the extension of its intelligence-sharing agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan in response to Tokyo’s decision to strip South Korea of its most-favored-trade deal.
In early July, Japan said it had lost confidence in South Korea due to Seoul’s attempts to pay compensation to Koreans, whose bonded labor was used by Japanese companies during Japanese colonialism in Korea from 1910-1945.
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