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Japan-South Korea rift

US commander urges Seoul and Tokyo to drop GSOMIA feud

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Gen. Robert Abrams, chief commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, speaks at a press conference in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.   © U.S. Forces Korea

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea -- The chief commander of the U.S. Forces in South Korea said Tuesday that close military cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul is critical for security in Northeast Asia and urged the two governments to put aside historical differences and focus on mutual interest.

Gen. Robert Abrams expressed worries that the termination of an intelligence-sharing agreement between Seoul and Tokyo would give the wrong signal that regional security had weakened.

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