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GSOMIA and alliance

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Stronger ties impossible without mutual respect

South Korea's senior security officials and diplomats, including Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, are reportedly preparing to visit Washington next week before and after the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, expires at midnight, Nov. 22.

Their visits are to seek U.S. understanding that ending the GSOMIA was an inevitable choice by Seoul as a sovereign nation in the context of its present relations with Tokyo, and to reaffirm its commitment to the U.S. alliance.

It is not hard to imagine how frustrating the expiration is for Washington, which has described the GSOMIA as a symbol of its security........

© The Korea Times