US ‘strongly concerned’ after South Korea scraps intelligence pact with Japan
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  • 22:57 22 August 2019

US ‘strongly concerned’ after South Korea scraps intelligence pact with Japan

Earlier on Thursday, Japan's Foreign Ministry summoned South Korean ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo to protest Seoul's decision to terminate the military intelligence agreement, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn said that the US has expressed 'strong concern and disappointment' over South Korea's decision to scrap its intelligence pact with Japan. 

Known as the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), the pact was due to be automatically renewed on 24 August.

Tokyo's Foreign Minister Taro Kono reacted to Seoul's decision, saying the move to end the pact was 'a complete misjudgement of the current regional security environment'.  

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