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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan and South Korea remain apart over intel-sharing pact

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono met on Sunday in Bangkok and released a joint statement following the meeting.   © Kyodo

BANGKOK (Kyodo) --The defense ministers of Japan and South Korea on Sunday held their first official talks in more than a year, but no tangible progress was made over a bilateral military intelligence-sharing pact set to expire next weekend.

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono urged his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong Doo to reconsider Seoul's decision to terminate the three-year-old General Security of Military Information Agreement.

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