South Korean leader Moon Jae In announced Thursday his decision to pull the country out of the 2016 General Security of Military Information Agreement with Japan. The US found the decision very concerning, reported Bloomberg.
The US Department of State’s spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus commented on the matter by posting on her Twitter Sunday and said that the White House is disappointed with the decision of President Moon. “We are deeply disappointed and concerned that the ROK’s government terminated the General Security of Military Information Agreement. This will make defending #Korea more complicated and increase risk to U.S. forces,” she wrote.
We are deeply disappointed and concerned that the ROK’s government terminated the General Security of Military Information Agreement #GSOMIA. This will make defending #Korea more complicated and increase risk to U.S. forces.
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) August 25, 2019
The Agreement allowed Japan and South Korea to share intelligence about North Korea, China and security concerns relevant for the two neighbors. The information was shared directly, which means it was shared by the two countries only and did not go through the US.
US President Donald Trump reportedly criticized South Korean President and his government while at the Summit of the Group of Seven, which is taking place in France this year.
Although there is a similar pact signed by South Korea, Japan and the US, the US Department of Defense also voiced its concerns and said that the two-way agreement was very important as it meant that Japan and South Korea can work together independently, without help from Washington.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website