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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea stays in Japan intel pact, focusing on homefront

COVID-19 and housing price surge leave Moon no time for bilateral dispute

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is focused more on domestic issues, but may have little leeway to compromise with Japan.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- The deadline for South Korea to notify Japan of its withdrawal from an intelligence-sharing agreement passed Monday with no action from Seoul -- but only because more urgent problems have arisen, not because bilateral relations have improved.

Last summer, Seoul threatened to withdraw from the U.S.-backed General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, as tensions with Tokyo escalated. Japan had just moved to restrict exports of semiconductor materials to South Korea, citing security risks.

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