"Trilateral Framework at Risk" – APARC Director on South Korea's Decision to End Its Military Agreement with Japan

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea President Moon Jae-In
OSAKA, JAPAN - JUNE 28: South Korean President Moon Jae-In is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a family photo session at G20 summit on June 28, 2019 in Osaka, Japan.
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South Korea's decision to end its military agreement with Japan will damage the prospect of continued close security ties among Seoul, Washington and Tokyo because the pact has been a symbol of smooth trilateral military cooperation between them and regarded as a key deterrent against North Korea.

"It is a big mistake," Shin Gi-wook, a Korea studies expert at Stanford University, said in a recent interview adding Seoul's withdrawal from the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) puts the "trilateral security framework at risk."

"The Japan-South Korea relationship may not have hit rock bottom, but it could further deteriorate in the coming months," Shin said. "This is all the more important with the continuing threat of North Korean WMD and the escalating conflict between the U.S. and China in the region. I am concerned that South Korea could be further isolated in the Northeast Asian region—the Moon administration should see the big picture," the professor said…

Read the full article in The Korea Times.