Tokyo summons South Korean ambassador over Seoul’s decision to scrap intelligence pact

The Japanese Foreign Ministry has summoned South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo to protest Seoul's decision to terminate an agreement on sharing military intelligence, Japanese media reported on Thursday, citing Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono as saying the decision by the Korean government is a complete misread of the current security environment in the region.

Earlier in the day, South Korea said it had decided to withdraw from the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), an intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, amid an escalating row between the two nations. The GSOMIA, signed in 2016, allows both countries to directly exchange classified information, bypassing Washington, which previously acted as a middle man between Tokyo and Seoul.

Source: VOV5