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General Security Of Military Information Agreement Korea

By Zach Arnold | September 21, 2021

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(5) Calls on the governments of Japan and the Republic of Korea to take confidence-building measures and manage sources of bilateral friction, to isolate other bilateral defence and security issues and to continue cooperation on common interests such as a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, market-based trade and commerce and a stable Indo-Pacific region; and during discussions at the Director General level, the two sides will exchange views on domestic and external situations relevant to export control. (2) Stresses the crucial role played by the alliances between the US and Japan, as well as the US and the Republic of Korea, in promoting peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region; Washington has asked Seoul to renew the pact, widely seen as a symbol of military cooperation between South Korea, Japan and the United States against North Korea. GSOMIA was signed by South Korea and Japan in November 2016 to exchange military information on the nuclear and ballistic programs of the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (DPRK). South Korea decided to end GSOMIA in August, with Japan imposing export restrictions for security reasons. Park, however, headed for trilateral cooperation between the United States, Japan and the REPUBLIC of Korea after North Korea resumed nuclear testing and China`s ambiguous stance on sanctions. Her sense of urgency to improve relations with Japan also encouraged her government to reach an agreement with Japan on comfort women in December 2015, which, despite an enthusiastic reception from the United States, invited strong national opposition to RoK. The GSOMIA, signed less than a year later, is a new step that shows the strong desire of the park administration to further improve its relations with Japan. GSOMIA has allowed Tokyo and Seoul to share sensitive military secrets, including those related to ballistic missiles and Pyongyang`s nuclear development programs. (4) Urges the Republic of Korea to consider how best to address possible measures that could undermine regional security cooperation; The trade deal between Seoul and Tokyo came in the wake of South Korea`s decision last Friday to suspend the termination of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) as long as trade negotiations with Japan are normal. The Government and people of the United States appreciate the partnership between Japan and the Republic of Korea in maintaining regional security and prosperity, including ensuring maritime security and freedom of navigation, encouraging investment and trade, upholding the rule of law, and rejecting the use of intimidation and violence in the Indo-Pacific. and in an age of disinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more important than ever.

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