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S. Korea foolish to scrap intel pact with Japan; so many benefits

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Japan and South Korea both regard their bilateral intelligence-sharing pact as essential to safeguarding their people. South Korea under President Moon Jae-in should retract its nonsensical decision to scrap the agreement.

The Moon administration decided in August not to renew the pact, known as GSOMIA (General Security of Military Information Agreement). In the three years ago since it was signed, the pact has allowed Japan and South Korea share information on various security problems, including North Korea's missile launches.

Unless the Moon administration reverses its decision, the agreement will expire at midnight on Nov. 23. The expiration of the pact will deliver a serious blow not only to the relationship between Japan and South Korea but also to vital security ties with the United States.

At a high-level defense policy meeting between the United States and South Korea held in Seoul on Nov. 16, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed the Moon administration to keep the pact alive. At a news conference after the meeting, Esper said, "The only ones who benefit from expiration of........

© The Asahi Shimbun