March 25, 2023

South Korea and Japan normalize information-sharing pact to deter North Korea

Experts say move will improve missile tracking and defense, after Yoon and Kishida stress security cooperation at summit

The leaders of South Korea and Japan agreed to normalize an intelligence-sharing pact to strengthen joint deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile advances, as they sought to improve strained relations at a bilateral summit in Tokyo on Thursday.

President Yoon Suk-yeol’s two-day visit to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida marks the first time an ROK leader has visited the country for a bilateral summit in more than a decade. It follows the two sides’ agreement to resolve a dispute over Korean victims of Japan’s wartime forced labor.