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South Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact with Japan

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SOUTH Korea said Thursday it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, sparking protest from both Tokyo and Washington amid an intensifying trade and diplomatic dispute between the Asian neighbours.

The decision comes with the countries at loggerheads following a run of South Korean court rulings against Japanese firms, requiring them to pay for forced labour during World War II.

“Maintaining this agreement, which was signed to facilitate the exchange of sensitive military information, does not serve our national interest,” said Kim You-geun, a national security official at Seoul’s presidential Blue House.

In a series of tit-for-tat measures, Japan had earlier this month removed South Korea from a so-called “white list” of countries that receive preferential export treatment.

Tokyo had done so citing security concerns and a loss of trust with South Korea, but did not provide “concrete evidence to support those allegations”, said Kim.

This caused “fundamental changes” to the nature of defence cooperation, he........

© Asian Correspondent