„We encourage (South Korea) and Japan to continue sincere discussions to ensure a lasting resolution of historical issues,“ she said, adding that Washington firmly believes that defence and security issues should be kept separate from other areas of their relationship. In an age of misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more important than ever. By subscribe, you can help us make the story correctly. Without them, the information would have had to go through their common allies in Washington and slow down the process. The two countries agreed to hold pre-dialogue talks in Vienna on 4 December. During discussions at the Director General level, the two sides will exchange views on national and external situations relevant to export control. The United States considered the imminent shutdown of GSOMIA, which the Obama administration negotiated for years, to be a slap in the face and a reason to challenge Seoul`s security priorities. A U.S. State Department spokesman expressed this position in a sharp manner and described the move as an expression of „a serious misunderstanding on the part of the moon administration about the serious security challenges we face in Northeast Asia.“ The need for GSOMIA was felt amid a growing threat from North Korea, particularly when it began conducting nuclear tests and developing ballistic missiles.
The agreement was finally signed in November 2016. The U.S. interest in the agreement comes from the need to forge alliances in the Northeast to analyze and respond to all threats from North Korea. It is significant that China may perceive that GSOMIA is an attempt by the trilateral alliance between the United States, Japan and South Korea to contain Beijing and thus maintain some opposition between this trilateral alliance and the China-North Korea-Russia alliance. Japan`s timid justification for its decision on the basis of security concerns also makes it difficult to resolve its export controls. But trade negotiations will resume, and this is an important step in the right direction. Seoul has decided to suspend an earlier notification to Japan that it will stop exchanging information as soon as the current pact expires at midnight on Friday, said Kim You-geun, deputy director of South Korea`s National Security Bureau, adding that it had done so on the condition that the agreement could be denounced at any time. The GSOMIA decision is also a relief for Washington, which attaches great importance to security cooperation between Japan and South Korea, as it competes with China and faces the North Korean threat.