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Seoul completely misunderstands security situation: Suga

  • November 18, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 2:26 p.m.
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Tokyo, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s top government spokesman slammed South Korea on Monday for completely misunderstanding the regional security situation, referring to Seoul’s decision to scrap its military information-sharing pact with Tokyo.


Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made the criticism a day after the two countries’ defense ministers, at a meeting in Bangkok, failed to save the bilateral General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, from expiring Friday.


South Korea’s notification in August of its decision not to renew the pact is “extremely regrettable” as the action represents its “complete misunderstanding” of the regional security situation, Suga told a press conference.


“We’ll continue to demand wise action” from the South Korean government, Suga added.


Downplaying the possible impact of the expiration, he said that the pact “is for gathering supplementary information.”


Suga explained that information that would be directly necessary for Japan’s defense and emergency responses is secured through its own information-gathering efforts and bilateral intelligence cooperation with the United States.


He declined to comment on any possible implications of the postponement of a U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise that had been scheduled for this month.

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