Japan, US Say 3-Way Ties with S. Korea Are Key to Security

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:48 WIB



The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, agreed with Japanese officials Tuesday that three-way cooperation with South Korea is key to regional security and that an intelligence sharing pact between Tokyo and Seoul should not be scrapped.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he told Milley that discord among the three countries would only destabilize the region and benefit North Korea, China and Russia.

“We shared a view that Japan-U.S.-South Korea cooperation is more important now than ever, as we discussed the latest situation related to North Korea, including the North's latest launch of ballistic missiles,” Motegi said.

He and Milley also agreed on the importance of the Japan-South Korea intelligence sharing pact. Motegi added that Milley promised to convey that message to South Korea during his upcoming visit there.

South Korea has announced plans to scrap the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, amid disputes with Japan over trade and wartime history.

The deal, which is set to expire later this month, symbolizes the Asian neighbors' security cooperation with Washington in the face of North Korea's nuclear and missile threat and China's growing influence.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been exerting last-minute pressure on Japan and South Korea to keep the deal.

Milley also met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Taro Kono, according to the Foreign Ministry and news reports.

Source : VOA




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