Kim You-geun speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 12, 2019. (LEE YUN-CHUNG/NEWSIS/AP)
Kim You-geun speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 12, 2019. (LEE YUN-CHUNG/NEWSIS/AP)

South Korea to withdraw from military intelligence sharing pact with Japan over trade dispute

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will scrap a key military intelligence sharing pact with Japan, the government said Thursday, as an escalating trade spat between the two U.S. allies spilled into the security arena.

The surprise decision came despite lobbying by the United States for the two countries to resolve their differences as Washington seeks a united front against the nuclear threat from North Korea and other regional challenges.

The General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, was signed in 2016 to improve intelligence sharing as the North was stepping up its nuclear and missile testing activity.

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