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Japanese envoy meets with ROK’s vice defense minister

Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Yasumasa Nagamine met with South Korea’s Vice Defense Minister Hwang In-moo at the Defense Ministry in Seoul on April 18. They agreed on the importance of close bilateral and tripartite partnerships also involving the U.S. for an effective response to increasing nuclear missile threat from North Korea.

 

Information sharing between Japan and South Korea has progressed markedly since they signed a general security of military information agreement, or GSOMIA, in November last year. The two sides confirmed that Tokyo and Seoul will continue to share information about North’s nuclear missiles.

 

The Japanese government temporarily withdrew Nagamine from South Korea to protest the installation of a statue of a girl [symbolizing the comfort women] near the Japanese Consulate General in Busan, South Korea. But he returned to South Korea on April 4. He has been seeking, unsuccessfully so far, meetings with South Korea’s Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and Defense Minister Han Min-koo. On April 10, Nagamine met with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam.

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