South Korea decided to terminate the Japan-Korea Military Information Secret Protection Agreement (GSOMIA). The Japanese media pointed out that both Japan and South Korea have the view that the information provided by the United States can still be used to terminate the limited impact of GSOMIA on Japanese security, and there will be no gaps in intelligence surveillance.

Japan and South Korea GSOMIA will expire on the 24th of this month. As Japan maintains export controls on South Korea, the South Korean presidential palace announced at 6:20 pm on the 22nd (Taipei at 5:20 pm) that the South Korean government decided to terminate the agreement.

The Japan News Agency reported that South Korea’s move allowed Japan’s trade rivalry to expand into the security sector, with the intention of showing its unyielding attitude toward Japan.

Both Japan and the United States hope to maintain GSOMIA. South Korea’s unilateral decision is no longer automatically extended. It can be said that it will seriously crack down on cooperation between the three countries. As the military threats in North Korea and China rise, the security environment in Northeast Asia may be even more severe.

A relevant person from the South Korean presidential palace said that Japan excluded South Korea from the “white list” of trade preferences. “We do not regard us as a friendly country with security guarantees. We believe that it is a groundwork for shaking the foundation of security cooperation.”

GSOMIA was signed in November 2016 when former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was in power. At that time, North Korea continued to test ballistic missiles. The signing of GSOMIA allowed Japan and South Korean authorities to exchange information on missile tracking information and North Korean military movements.

The South Korean presidential palace said that since the signing of GSOMIA by Japan and South Korea, although there have been 29 times of information provision, there has been a recent trend of reduction.

Once GSOMIA is terminated, there may be obstacles to the future exchange of information between Japan and South Korea. However, relevant officials of the South Korean Presidential Office said that with the exchange of information between Japan, the United States and South Korea, “there will be no gaps in intelligence and surveillance.”

Even without GSOMIA, Japan and South Korea can still provide information through the United States, but it is still unknown whether it can maintain the intelligence sharing system in the past.

The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported that some people within the Japanese government believe that South Korea’s termination of GSOMIA’s impact on Japan’s security guarantees through cooperation with the United States, but there are also opinions that Japan cannot immediately and South Korea when North Korea frequently tests ballistic missiles. Share confidential information.

Therefore, the Japanese government has to return to the state before November 2016, and will continue to strengthen cooperation with the United States in order not to hinder the North Korean situation.

The Japanese government will calmly pay attention to the future development of South Korea and hope that South Korea can re-understand the importance of cooperation between Japan, the United States and South Korea.

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