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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan, South Korea rebuild defense ties, with U.S. backing

Yoon tells Kishida that Seoul will normalize intelligence-sharing pact

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend an honor guard ceremony ahead of their bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Toky on March 16. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO/WASHINGTON -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol took a major step toward increasing security cooperation with their summit Thursday, as the U.S. seeks stronger ties with and between its East Asian allies.

Kishida and Yoon agreed to bolster cooperation against North Korea. Their countries also will resume a working-level bilateral security dialogue after a five-year hiatus, and jointly advocate for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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