The ruling and the main opposition parties both welcomed the government's decision Friday to conditionally suspend the expiry of a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan.
South Korea's announcement came six hours before the expiration of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) at midnight, amid deteriorating ties between Seoul and Tokyo over a trade spat. The decision could also be a relief to the United States, which had pleaded with its two Asian allies not to let their worsening relations to affect GSOMIA. The pact was signed in 2016 to better counter nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. (Yonhap)