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Add South Korea to the Quad to ease Seoul-Tokyo tensions

Yoon Suk-yeol seems interested in a higher level of cooperation with Japan

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Yoon Suk-yeol, center, talks with South Korean and U.S. military officials at Camp Humphreys on April 7: More conservative Yoon administration has indicated it will move to increase its defense spending. (Handout photo from U.S. Forces Korea)   © AP

Admiral James Stavridis was 16th supreme allied commander of NATO and 12th dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He spent the bulk of his operational career in the Pacific, and is author of "2034: A Novel of the Next World War."

During the long years I spent in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, I was often struck by the animosity between two close U.S. allies: Japan and South Korea.

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