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16 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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US urges S Korea and Japan to ‘work through’ differences

AFP, Seoul

US allies South Korea and Japan should settle their differences to maintain a military intelligence sharing pact, Washington’s Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Friday, calling on Seoul to reverse its decision to end it. The neighbours are embroiled in a trade row stemming from long-running disputes over wartime history, and Seoul announced in August it would terminate the General Security of Military Agreement (GSOMIA) when it expires next week.

“GSOMIA is an important tool by which Korea, the United States and Japan share effective and timely information, particularly in times of war,” Esper said in Seoul, where he was beginning an Asian tour.

“The only ones who benefit from expiration of GSOMIA and continued friction between Seoul and Tokyo are Pyongyang and Beijing,” he told reporters.

“We urge all sides to sit down and work through their differences.”

Seoul and Tokyo are both major US allies, democracies and market economies faced with an overbearing China and wayward, nuclear-armed North Korea.

But their relationship is heavily coloured by territorial and historical disputes stemming from Japan’s bitterly-resented 35-year colonial rule over the peninsula in the early 20th century, including the use of wartime sex slaves and forced labour.

The current tit-for-tat row was triggered by South Korean court rulings against Japanese companies and has seen the neighbours remove each other from their lists of trusted trade partners. Speaking alongside Esper at a joint press conference, his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo blamed Tokyo for Seoul’s decision to end the agreement.

“Japan imposed trade restrictions and removed South Korea from its white list, saying it can’t trust Seoul for issues surrounding security,” he said.

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