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ROK refuses to share military information with Japan not related to DPRK

Sunday’s Asahi took up the disclosure by several military sources that despite the conclusion of a bilateral general security of military information agreement (GSOMIA) a year ago, South Korea has avoided sharing defense intelligence with Japan except for information related to North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. South Korea’s refusal to share information is reportedly attributable to the Moon administration’s reluctance to build a “military alliance” with Tokyo. Japan has refrained from asking for ROK intelligence on such issues as the People’s Liberation Army so as to avoid political friction with Seoul. Discussions on the conclusion of a bilateral ACSA and the evacuation of Japanese nationals from South Korea in the event of a Korean Peninsula contingency have also reportedly been stalled.

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