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U.S. scholar comments on GSOMIA

NHK reported on an interview with James Schoff, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Asia Program. Concerning the imminent expiration of the GSOMIA between Japan and South Korea, the scholar said the United States is displeased with South Korea’s decision to terminate the agreement because it believes the expiration will weaken the unity of the United States, Japan, and South Korea by undermining the operational efficiency built up through years of effort. Schoff, a former senior adviser for East Asia policy at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, added that the agreement should not be terminated because cooperation between the three nations will become increasingly necessary in the future. He further said the GSOMIA termination will have a negative impact on U.S.-ROK negotiations on spending for hosting U.S. troops in South Korea.

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