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Strategic decision

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Ending GSOMIA can determine nation's future

South Korea has refused to renew a bilateral agreement it signed with Japan in 2016 to share sensitive military information, citing "grave changes" made to their security relations by Tokyo's unilateral export restrictions of strategic industrial materials.

Announcing the decision, Thursday, Cheong Wa Dae said it doesn't serve the national interest to maintain the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan under the current circumstances. Japan expressed "extreme regret" over the decision while the United States, which had called for an extension of the agreement, also showed disappointment. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a news conference that the shared........

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