South Korea signs first military accord with Japan since colonial occupation of Korean peninsul 2906
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Defense News - South Korea
|Friday, June 29, 2012, 04:51 AM|
|South Korea signs first military accord with Japan since colonial occupation of the Korean peninsula.|
South Korea's foreign ministry said Thursday it will press ahead with a controversial decision to sign its first military accord with Japan since its colonial occupation of the Korean peninsula. Local reports said a day ago South Korea's Cabinet endorsed the pact, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), which allows the two sides to exchange military intelligence on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and its nuclear and missile programs.
Kim Sung-Hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea.
The clandestine Cabinet approval, which effectively concluded domestic procedures to seal the deal, immediately copped criticism from opposition lawmakers and civic activists who warn the accord will provoke anti-Japan sentiment and generate regional tension.