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NSC likely to have discussed fate of GSOMIA before it's terminated Saturday Updated: 2019-11-21 09:41:04 KST

The Blue House convened a National Security Council meeting this morning that is expected to have centered on what to do with the soon-to-expire GSOMIA South Korea's military intel-sharing pact with Japan.
For more on this, our presidential office correspondent Park Hee-jun is on the line for us.
Hee-jun, what do we know about this high-stakes meeting?.

As you mentioned, Ji-yoon, the NSC meeting is likely to have focused on the fate of the GSOMIA pact between Seoul and Tokyo.
Because this is likely the council's last set of discussions on the agreement, before it expires on Saturday.

These meetings are usually held on Thursday afternoons.
But today's meeting was brought forward to this morning.
We hear it ended a little while ago, so we expect to get the results soon.

We don't know yet whether they've made a final decision on GSOMIA.
However, the NSC is likely to have stuck to its earlier decision to let the agreement expire on Saturday, unless there's a sudden change in Japan's stance on its trade curbs.
After he's briefed on the details of today's meeting, President Moon is expected to offer his final thoughts on it and will consider what to do until the last minute.
The president made South Korea's stance clear during his televised townhall meeting on Tuesday.
He said it's difficult for the South Korean government to cooperate on military matters with Japan, when Tokyo keeps expressing distrust toward South Korea over security.
And he added the decision cannot change, especially without Japan lifting its export restrictions, which the president cited as the origin of the conflict.
But he added Seoul is willing to try to find an alternative until the very end.
And the two sides are, in fact, believed to be working hard behind the scenes to try and seek some common ground.

Earlier this week, South Korea's Deputy National Security Advisor Kim Hyun-chong visited Washington, which has been pressuring Seoul to renew GSOMIA.
He's believed to have reiterated Seoul's position to U.S. officials, as well as on negotiations on the cost-sharing for maintaining U.S. troops in South Korea.
The outcome of his trip is likely to have been shared at the NSC meeting, meaning other issues like defense cost-sharing could've also been discussed.

I'll bring more details as I get them.
Ji-yoon.
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