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Anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea hampers U.S.-Japan-ROK cooperation

  • January 13, 2016
  • , Sankei
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Sankei claimed on page 3 that although the U.S., Japan, and the ROK plan to confirm their cooperation against the DPRK during their senior officials’ meetings in Seoul on Wednesday and in Tokyo on Saturday, it is unclear to what extent South Korea will cooperate due to its anti-Japanese sentiment and “consideration” for China. The paper wrote that although sharing military intelligence is indispensable for effective missile defense operations, no general security of military information agreement or acquisition and cross-service agreement has been concluded between Japan and the ROK due to the South Korean government’s concern over the public’s strong reaction to such military accords with Japan. The paper also wrote that Seoul has been maintaining a cautious position on the U.S. request to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system out of consideration for China.

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