Seoul decides to keep Japanese military intelligence pact

Protesters hold signs calling for an end to the 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement known as GSOMIA on November 15, 2019. (AFP)

South Korea says it has decided to continue a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan it previously decided to terminate amid ongoing disputes over their wartime history and trade.

The announcement by South Korea on Friday followed a strong US push to save the pact, which is known as GSOMIA and has been a major symbol of the countries’ three-way security cooperation in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat and China’s growing influence.

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in says it decided to suspend the effect of the three months’ notice it gave in August to terminate the agreement, which was to expire on Saturday, after Tokyo agreed to reciprocal measures.

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