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S. Korea, Japan fail to achieve breakthrough on GSOMIA Updated: 2019-11-18 03:59:00 KST

Defense talks between Seoul and Tokyo ahead of the termination of their military intel-sharing pact, ended without an agreement on Sunday.
Seoul's Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono were unable to narrow their differences regarding the GSOMIA deal.
The meeting took place in Bangkok, on the sidelines of ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus, which is to be held through Monday.
South Korea has been demanding Japan to retract its export curbs, in exchange for a possible reconsideration of its decision on GSOMIA.
But Tokyo wasn't willing to make any concessions to salvage the agreement, and held firm in its stance to maintain export restrictions on Seoul.
This was the first face-to-face meeting between the two defense ministers since South Korea announced its decision to end GSOMIA.

"Regarding GSOMIA, Tokyo wanted Seoul to extend the agreement.
But Seoul's decision to terminate the deal was inevitable, as Japan cited a breach of trust on national security grounds to remove South Korea from its whitelist and impose exports curbs."

Seoul's defense ministry said after the briefing, that Jeong called on Japan to review its stance and resolve the issue through diplomacy.
The ministry also added the two sides affirmed the need for steady dialogue in order to promote regional peace in the East Asian region.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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