What South Korea’s decision to remain in GSOMIA means for North Korea policy
As the DPRK's end-of-year deadline looms, the move will ensure greater crisis responsiveness should tensions resurface
On Friday, at the eleventh hour, the South Korean government determined that it would “conditionally” suspend the expiration of the bilateral Japan-South Korea General Security of Military Information Agreement, known as GSOMIA.
The step was accompanied by a face-saving opening for talks with Japan on a range of issues; Seoul is also staying a complaint against Japan at the World Trade Organization.
The 2016 GSOMIA between the two countries was, for a while, lurching toward termination, after Seoul decided to bring the pact under review amid a broader bilateral dispute between the two countries that escalated
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