USFK commander weighs in on dispute over intel-sharing pact between Japan, South Korea

Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command, meets with media at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. MARCUS BUTLER/U.S. ARMY
Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command, meets with media at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. MARCUS BUTLER/U.S. ARMY

USFK commander weighs in on dispute over intel-sharing pact between Japan, South Korea

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s decision to end a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan risks sending the wrong message on security in the region, the top American commander on the peninsula said 11 days before the agreement is due to expire.

Gen. Robert Abrams, who commands U.S. Forces Korea, made the comments ahead of a visit to South Korea later this week by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

South Korea gave notice in August that it planned to terminate the U.S.-backed General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, due to a spat with Japan over trade and historical enmities.

The U.S. administration, which considers the pact vital to trilateral cooperation against threats from North Korea and China, has been pressing Seoul to change its mind ahead of the Nov. 23 expiration date.

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