U.S. President Donald Trump says he will see what happens regarding Seoul's decision to end its joint military intel-sharing pact called the General Security of Military Information Agreement, with Japan.
Asked by a reporter whether he was concerned about the situation,Trump said he is good friends with President Moon Jae-in, and he'll see what happens -- according to a video released by cable channel C-Span.
President Trump made the remarks before leaving the U.S. to attend the G7 meeting in France.
Separately, Trump also called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a good friend, adding that he's looking forward to his meeting with him -- where they are widely expected to discuss the issue.
Trump's remarks are the first from him following Seoul's decision on Thursday to withdraw from GSOMIA, amid a row over wartime history and Tokyo's recent export curbs on Seoul.
The dispute escalated after Japan removed South Korea from its list of trusted trading partners and Seoul responded by taking Tokyo off its own list.
Shortly after Seoul's announcement, Washington expressed concerns and disappointment, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the two countries to engage and hold talks.
The South Korean government said it communicated adequately with the U.S. regarding the decision, but admitted it was "natural" for Washington to be disappointed.
They said they will do their best to minimize the impact the termination may have on trilateral security cooperation with Washington and Tokyo, as well as ensure the move will not weaken the South Korea-U.S. alliance but in fact, upgrade it.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.