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Japan to Face Decline in Quality of N. Korea Missile Info

Japan to Face Decline in Quality of N. Korea Missile Info

   Tokyo, Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)--South Korea's decision to terminate a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan will prompt a decline in the quality of information Tokyo can obtain about missile launches by North Korea.
   "This is negative for both sides," a senior Japanese Defense Ministry official said of South Korea's decision to scrap the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, with Japan, expressing concerns over the possible impact on missile defenses.
   The GSOMIA sets comprehensive procedures for the protection of images and documents designated as classified information, to allow Japan and South Korea to share them smoothly.
   The pact, initially concluded in November 2016, was to be extended automatically every year unless either of the two countries notifies the other of its intention to scrap it. On Friday, South Korea notified Japan of its decision to exit the pact.
   "The pact enabled exchanges of meaningful information between the two sides in dealing with a series of missile launches by North Korea," Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said at a press conference on Friday, underlining the significance of the GSOMIA.

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