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Washington Urges Seoul to Reconsider GSOMIA Termination
Critical of Seoul's Dokdo Defense Drill
Washington Urges Seoul to Reconsider GSOMIA Termination
  • By Jung Suk-yee
  • August 29, 2019, 08:33
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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (left), U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (center), and Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro at their Aug. 2 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand

The Donald Trump administration is increasingly criticizing the South Korean government after it decided to terminate its General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan.

On Aug. 27, a high-ranking Washington official urged it to reconsider the decision, mentioning the ROK-U.S. alliance’s capability to respond to North Korea threats. In addition, the official remarked that the ROK Armed Forces’ recent Dokdo defense drill is unproductive and will compound problems.

The official said that the actual termination of the GSOMIA is scheduled for November this year and the South Korean government should overturn the decision before that month. “The alliance’s capability to respond to the threats will be adversely affected with the cooperation of the United States, South Korea and Japan regressing, and then China will take advantage,” he said.

In the meantime, the United States Department of State stressed the importance of close ties of the United States, South Korea and Japan regarding the Japanese government’s decision to exclude South Korea from its list of trusted trade partners. “South Korea and Japan would be well advised to deal with their problems based on dialogues and discussions and the U.S. government will support their efforts,” it said.