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Seoul should reconsider intelligence pact exit: US official

Japan and South Korea need to 'take a larger view,' diplomat says

A South Korean soldier walks past a TV in Seoul broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a missile on Oct. 2.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea should move past differences that led Seoul to scrap an intelligence-sharing pact, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Saturday, arguing the decision ought to be reconsidered.

"The United States will continue to encourage these two critical allies to resolve bilateral frictions," David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told reporters on a trip to Japan.

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