US Army general Vincent Brooks (left), at the time commander of United States Forces Korea, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, last year. Photo: AFP

South Korea’s decision to stay in intelligence pact with Japan helps US contain China, analysts say

  • Pact’s end would have aided Beijing by weakening Seoul-Tokyo cooperation and US-led alliance with South Korea and Japan, says former US Forces Korea commander
  • Seoul reversed decision to exit General Security of Military Information Agreement just six hours before it would have expired
Topic |   South Korea

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US Army general Vincent Brooks (left), at the time commander of United States Forces Korea, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, last year. Photo: AFP
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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. Photo: AP

Seoul extends intelligence-sharing pact GSOMIA with Tokyo, to Washington’s relief

  • Move comes after US pressed its two allies to maintain pact, which would have expired amid sharp deterioration in ties between Japan and South Korea
  • Japan’s Shinzo Abe says South Korea made strategic choice in deciding to stick with agreement, but Seoul warns pact could ‘be terminated at any time’
Topic |   Japan

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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. Photo: AP
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