December 07, 2023

What South Korea’s termination of the GSOMIA means for North Korea policy

Experts weigh in on the impact of the ROK decision to end an intelligence-sharing deal with Tokyo

News Thursday evening that South Korea would end the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) -- a controversial intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan -- has rocked the region, raising concerns about the future of security in Northeast Asia.

The move marks a significant escalation of a now months-long row between South Korea and Japan -- a row rooted in historical tensions but which is now increasingly impacting the global economy and trilateral cooperation on North Korea intelligence-gathering.