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Japan-South Korea rift

Intelligence pact nears end as Seoul resists US, Japan pressure

Agreement aimed in part at Pyongyang's missile tests faces Saturday deadline

Recent repeated missile tests, such as this firing of a multiple rocket launcher seen in a photo from Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency, is one reason that the U.S. and Japanese sides have urged South Korea to extend the intelligence-sharing agreement.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- South Korea and Japan are working to save a key intelligence-sharing pact critical to the region's stability set to expire Saturday, but the two sides are struggling to make progress as they disagree on whether their trade spat should factor into the discussions.

With less than a week to go before the pact expires, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met for over an hour in Bangkok on Sunday in an attempt to find a resolution.

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