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End of Japan-South Korea intel pact puts East Asia at risk

Lack of quick coordination with US opens region up to security threats

A member of Japan's Self-Defense Forces walks between American-developed missiles. Three-way cooperation with South Korea and the U.S. has been key to the region's security.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea's scrapping of its intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan will not only be a blow to bilateral relations but will also undermine the three-way security partnership with the U.S. as East Asia grapples with a rising China and North Korean nuclear weapons.

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