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South Korea Reverses Course, Will Still Share Intel with Japan

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22 November 2019, 13:44

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

The announcement by South Korea on Friday followed a strong U.S. push to save the pact, which 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 Saturday, after Tokyo agreed to reciprocal measures.

For its part, Japan says it will resume export control talks with South Korea after Seoul says it will drop action against it at WTO.

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