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Is end of GSOMIA a calculated move of Korea?

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By Sandip Kumar Mishra

South Korea decided to terminate its General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan last Thursday. The decision came nearly three years after both countries signed the agreement in 2016 after six years of negotiations.

The accord was about sharing military intelligence, particularly over North Korean nuclear and missile activities. Japan strongly protested South Korea's decision and has urged Seoul to reconsider it.

It's unfortunate that the recent dispute between South Korea and Japan has spilled over from thorny historical issues to the economic and security domains. It has been stated that the move would have negative implications not only for trilateral cooperation of South Korea with Japan and the U.S. on the issues pertaining to regional security relations but also for the U.S.-South Korean alliance.

Seoul tried to calm critics by revealing that the National Security Councils of South Korea and the U.S. talked about the issue nine times by telephone. South Korea claims that the U.S. "understands" its position. However, it's also a fact that the U.S. has openly expressed its "strong concern" and "disappointment" at the South Korean move.

The move is being criticized because South Korea and Japan in the current phase of their disputes have been trying to convince the U.S. that the other........

© The Korea Times