whereas it is essential to strengthen the exchange of knowledge for the future of trilateral cooperation and to enable the governments of the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea to address the challenges posed by the destabilizing actions of the Government of the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea, the People`s Republic of China and other looming security threats Whether it is the end of the knowledge exchange pact, the U.S.-South Korea alliance is immediately weakening, undermining trilateral cooperation between the United States and Japan, undermining trilateral cooperation between the United States and Japan. Korea. Seoul`s decision directly undermines regional threats – Pyongyang and Beijing – by weakening trilateral security cooperation between Washington and its two main allies in the Pacific. The suspension of GSOMIA directly harms U.S. national security as the government of the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea ramps up provocations, including 12 tests of more than 20 ballistic missiles this year, including new types of nuclear ballistic missiles. Japan-ROK GSOMIA is also an important development for the United States. Over the years, through its bilateral alliances with Japan and South Korea, the United States has played a key role in stabilizing regional security and ensuring security for both Northeast Asian countries. In recent years, in particular, the three countries have clearly recognized the importance of trilateral cooperation following the Obama administration`s initiative to « reorient itself to the Asia-Pacific » and North Korea`s persistent provocations and have promised to strengthen military cooperation, which was most clearly demonstrated by a joint missile exercise in June. But Washington has struggled to establish closer relations between the three countries, mainly because Tokyo and Seoul have had strained relations on historical issues for years, including comfort women, and differences over territorial issues.
Japan-ROK GSOMIA would provide an urgent boost to U.S. efforts to strengthen bilateral security cooperation between the United States and Japan-ROK to address North Korea`s provocation and other security challenges 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. Without them, the information would have had to go through their common allies in Washington and slow down the process. From the perspective of South Korea`s National Defence, the exchange of sensitive information with the Japanese Self-Defense Force (SDF) is useful.
While North Korea threatens South Korea with the development of its nuclear arsenal and submarine-launched ballistic missile, Japan`s advanced intelligence and anti-submarine missile capabilities would allow South Korea to immediately identify North Korea`s provocations and allow the direct exchange of military information with Japan instead of passing through the United States would be more effective.