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Japan's defence minister says South Korean decision to end intelligence pact regrettable

Japan's defence minister says South Korean decision to end intelligence pact regrettable
FILE PHOTO: Japan's Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato -
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ISSEI KATO(Reuters)
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Minister of Defence Takeshi Iwaya said on Friday South Korea’s decision to end an intelligence-sharing pact between the East Asian neighbours was extremely regrettable.

Iwaya told reporters South Korea needed to make wise choices about security cooperation because Seoul’s decision came amid an increasing security threats posed by North Korea.

South Korea said on Thursday it was ending an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, further straining ties between Seoul and Tokyo amid a disputed over compensation for forced South Koreans labourers during World War Two.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Paul Tait)

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