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S. Korea erred big-time in decision to scrap intelligence pact

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South Korea’s shock decision to scrap a vital intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan represents a drastic and dangerous deviation from the cool-headed thinking required for the good of the nation and the region.

We urge South Korean President Moon Jae-in to reflect deeply again on the implications of the decision and revoke it.

Seoul officially notified Japan on Aug. 23 of its decision to discontinue the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), a bilateral accord that allows the two countries to directly share a wide range of sensitive military information.

Signed three years ago, the agreement contributed to bolstering the ability of the two countries to quickly detect and analyze potential security threats like North Korea’s missile launches.

In announcing the decision, South Korea said it decided it is not in its national interest to continue the pact. But the obvious fact is that ending this agreement undermines the country’s national interest.

Moon has been eagerly pursuing reconciliation with North Korea. His efforts for peace in the Korean Peninsula should be welcomed.

But his decisions should be based on........

© The Asahi Shimbun