South Korea has decided to fully implement a crucial military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, according to a statement made by a defense ministry official on Saturday. This decision comes as both countries aim to improve their long-strained relations and renew diplomatic efforts to counter the threat posed by North Korea.
During a summit on Thursday, the leaders of South Korea and Japan agreed to put behind their bitter dispute over Japan’s use of forced labor during World War II and work towards resolving other outstanding issues.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, who has been eager to put an end to the conflict and present a united front against North Korea’s nuclear threat, recently traveled to Japan for a historic summit with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
This was the first such meeting in 12 years, and it underscores the growing importance of cooperation between the two US allies.
During the summit, Yoon expressed his desire for a “complete normalization” of the 2016 military agreement known as the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
This agreement allows South Korea and Japan to share sensitive military information, particularly related to North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities.