Seoul have discontinued the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan which have allowed sensitive information sharing of missiles threat from North Korea.
The pact, which was first signed in 2016 and renewed annually since, have been made defunct after South Korea withdraw from the military intelligence sharing agreement on Thursday.
It is said that the immediate reason behind the termination of GSOMIA by South Korea is the escalating trade war between Seoul and Tokyo. South Korea’s withdrawal is said to have been triggered after Tokyo removed South Korea from its ‘whitelists’ of preferential trade partners.
Japan and US are said to have called the decision by South Korea to terminate the military intelligence sharing pact as ‘deeply regrettable and disappointing’. Also, Japan have further said that the decision to scrap GSAMIO is a misjudgment considering the prevailing regional security scenario vis-a-vis North Korea.