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Japan-South Korea rift

Senior US diplomat: Tokyo-Seoul split a gift to rivals in Asia

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Marc Knapper, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Japan and South Korea, speaks during a recent interview in Tokyo. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- Marc Knapper, a senior U.S. State Department's diplomat dealing with Japan and South Korea, believes it is essential for the Asian neighbors to maintain their military intelligence-sharing pact despite their strained relations.

If Japan and South Korea continue to feud over the pact and other issues, it will hamper U.S. cooperation with both, said Knapper, a deputy assistant secretary of state.

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