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International relations

South Korea agrees to share military intelligence with Thailand

As rift with Japan deepens, President Moon courts Southeast Asian partners

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha after a news conference in Bangkok on Sept. 2.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on military intelligence cooperation, a significant step for the South Korean leader who recently brought a trade spat with Japan into the security realm.

"We can [extend our] partnership in national security to [become stronger] together," Moon said after he and Prayuth met at the Government House in Bangkok.

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