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Idea of U.S.-Japan-ROK anti-submarine drills dropped due to Seoul’s hesitancy

Tuesday’s Asahi wrote that it has learned from several sources that although working-level officials proposed during a trilateral meeting in Seoul on Dec. 16 conducting joint trilateral anti-submarine drills, the idea never materialized due to hesitancy on the part of South Korea. The source speculated that domestic criticism of the Park administration’s conclusion of a GSOMIA with Japan and concern about the negative impact on the ROK’s relations with China were behind Seoul’s hesitancy.

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