Japan wants ‘sensible response’ from S. Korea over intelligence pact

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A senior Japanese diplomat on Friday asked his South Korean counterpart for a “sensible response” regarding Seoul’s decision not to renew an intelligence sharing pact, known as GSOMIA, with the agreement expiring in a week.

South Korea in August decided not to renew GSOMIA, a pact that is intended to help Japan and South Korea share information on North Korea’s missile and nuclear activity.

“In light of the current security environment, [the Japanese side] asked for a sensible response from South Korea,” a Japanese foreign ministry official told reporters following a meeting between Shigeki Takizaki, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureau, and Kim Jung-han, director-general for Asian and Pacific Affairs at South Korea’s foreign ministry.

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