South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in May 2018 before relations between the neighboring countries deteriorated this year.  CHEONG WA DAE
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in May 2018 before relations between the neighboring countries deteriorated this year. CHEONG WA DAE

South Korea says ‘ball is now in Japan’s court’ in row over intel-sharing pact

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said “the ball is now in Japan’s court” as it has offered to reconsider its exit from a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan if Tokyo lifts export curbs that officially took effect on Wednesday.

Seoul has been put on the defensive since it announced its decision to terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, last week, drawing unusually blunt criticism from the United States.

The move has raised concerns about a rift in the longtime alliance between Seoul and Washington at a sensitive time as North Korea has resumed missile tests amid stalled talks over ending its nuclear weapons program.

The allies also are gearing up for what are likely to be contentious defense cost-sharing negotiations, with President Donald Trump’s administration demanding a sharp increase in the South Korean contribution as the current contract is due to end at the end of the year.

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