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Will S. Korea become part of U.S.-led 'Five Eyes' intel-sharing program? Updated: 2021-09-03 17:03:36 KST

A draft bill from the U.S. House of Representatives would require the U.S. administration to consider expanding its so-called "Five Eyes" intel sharing program to include other democratic countries such as South Korea, Japan, India and Germany.
Currently, it involves the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The Five Eyes program is based on the UK-U.S. agreement during the latter half of 1940s right after World War II focused on gathering sensitive intel on the Soviet and Eastern bloc.
For more, we have Professor Brian Myers of Dongseo University joining us.
Professor Myers, welcome to the show.

Can you tell us more about the intel sharing program?
How active is it in terms of sharing sensitive classified secrets in the present day and has the focus shifted from the Soviet bloc to China and Russia?

If South Korea is invited to participate in the U.S.-led Five Eyes program, what benefits would there be for South Korea as well as the members of the program?
Could South Korea's inclusion help with intel on North Korea, for example?
(There's already a trilateral information-sharing agreement with the two allies and Japan, namely "GSOMIA" and the trilateral Intel-sharing pact, "TISA.")

But there are concerns that South Korea will be pressured into joining to antagonize China. Similar speculation had been raised earlier this year regarding the Quad security group.
Is there any weight to this concern concerning the Five Eyes program?

Japan reportedly has actively been seeking out in diplomatic circles so that it can join Five Eyes.
What reasoning would be behind this, do you think?

It's a long process before being included in the Five Eyes program.
What will the U.S. look for before adding partners?

(The draft bill has to be approved by U.S. Senate, a bipartisan joint committee on intelligence and security and be put to vote in both House and Senate.
Then the U.S. administration has to confirm the amendment after seeking approval by Five Eyes partners and undergo steps to form a classified military info-sharing agreement with the newly included countries.)

(If time allows)
Recent satellite images released by the website 38 North, shows North Korea gearing up for a large scale military parade where it normally showcases its strategic weapons.
Do you believe inter-continental ballistic missiles could be displayed in its next military parade?

Alright. Professor Myers thanks for your insights. We appreciate it.
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