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Statement by Minister Seko on the Decision of the Republic of Korea to Terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement

August 23, 2019

On August 22, the Republic of Korea (ROK) announced its decision to terminate the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of Korea on the Protection of Classified Military Information, known as the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), and the Japanese Government today received formal notification of that decision. In its August 22 announcement, the ROK Government linked its decision to terminate the GSOMIA to Japan’s recent update of licensing policies and procedure for exports  for national security, but the two matters are disproportionate in nature, and Japan utterly rejects the ROK’s claims contained in the announcement.
 
At a July meeting with the ROK Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, we carefully explained our views on the ROK’s export control system which caused Japan’s update, and we have since continued to communicate at the director level. We therefore find it extremely regrettable that the ROK Government should claim that its decision to terminate the GSOMIA was prompted by the Japanese Government deciding to update Japan’s licensing policies and procedure for exports without indicating clear grounds.
 
Despite this situation, we remain fully prepared to resume policy dialogue to the extent that the conditions are met, as we have repeatedly communicated to the Korean authorities. We strongly urge the Korean Government to take sincere and concrete action.
 

Division in Charge

Trade Control Policy Division, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

Last updated:2019-08-23