Time: 6:44 PM
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday his
government will try "till the last moment" to avoid the termination of an
accord with Japan on exchanging military information, Yonhap News Agency
But Moon made clear that depends on Tokyo's stance on its export
restriction against Seoul, the report said. Although the General Security of
Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) is scheduled to come to an end this
weekend, South Korea will maintain partnerships with Japan on regional
security, he added.
US officials have voiced worries about potential negative impact on
teamwork in Northeast Asia security, primarily against Pyongyang and Beijing.
Moon pointed out that Japan's export controls against South Korea are behind
Seoul's decision to ditch GSOMIA. "We took measures that we naturally had to
take," the president said, adding that Japan changes tack and seeks to resolve
the issue of export control and GSOMIA, South Korea is willing to work
together with it.
On the Korea peace process, Moon said his initiative to improve
inter-Korean ties is going relatively slow since it's tied with progress in
Washington-Pyongyang dialogue on denuclearization.
"A development in South-North relations should be abreast of the
international community," especially with Pyongyang and Washington engaged in
nuclear talks, he said.