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Updated on: Friday, August 23, 2019, 12:35 AM IST

South Korea to scrap military intel sharing pact with Japan

We have determined it is not in national interest to maintain the agreement that was signed for the purpose of exchanging sensitive military intelligence: Official
AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

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Seoul: South Korea said Thursday it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid intensifying trade and diplomatic disputes with Tokyo.

The decision comes as Seoul and Tokyo are locked in a tit-for-tat trade and diplomatic dispute following a series of South Korean court rulings against Japanese firms, requiring them to pay for forced labour during World War II.

Japan had removed South Korea from a so-called white list of countries that receive preferential export treatments earlier this month "without presenting clear justifications", said Kim You-geun, a national security official at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

He said Tokyo had done so citing security concerns and a loss of trust with South Korea, and that caused "significant change" in the nature of defence cooperation.

"In such a situation, we have determined it is not in the national interest to maintain the agreement that was signed for the purpose of exchanging sensitive military intelligence," he added.

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Published on: Friday, August 23, 2019, 12:35 AM IST
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