Korean defense becomes more complicated
On the 26th local time, Ortagus tweeted: "We are deeply disappointed and concerned about the termination of the Military Intelligence Protection Agreement by the South Korean government. This will complicate South Korea's defense and increase the risk of the US military. . "
Japan, the United States and South Korea jointly monitor North Korea
The Korea-Japan "Military Intelligence Protection Agreement" is the first military agreement signed between the two countries since South Korea broke away from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. French International Radio said that the role of the agreement is mainly for Japan, the United States and South Korea to jointly monitor military trends in North Korea.
South Korea and Japan conflicts cannot be predicted
However, South Korea announced on the 22nd that it would not renew the agreement because it "is not in the national interest of South Korea." Previously, due to historical issues, South Korea and Japan's sharp confrontation in the economic and trade field has reduced relations between the two countries to the "worst level since the establishment of diplomatic relations". This time the South Korean media described the contradiction between South Korea and Japan in a "unpredictable" situation.
Faced with the tough actions of the South Korean government, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a heavy face when he heard the news that day, and Foreign Minister Taro Kono personally protested to South Korean Ambassador to Japan. US Secretary of State Pompeo responded that the United States was disappointed with the decision made by South Korea and urged the two countries to continue exchanges and dialogue. US Department of Defense spokesman Eastbourne also said on the 22nd that the United States encourages Japan and South Korea to work together to resolve their differences and hopes they can do so as soon as possible.