Top U.S. diplomat for Asian affairs to meet S. Korean officials as GSOMIA expiration looms
Updated: 2019-11-06 08:35:13 KST
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs, David Stilwell, is in Seoul for a series of meetings. as a joint military intel-sharing pact between South Korea and Japan is set to lapse within weeks.
First, he sat down with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha this morning.
That will be followed by meetings with officials from the presidential office and the defense ministry.
Upon his arrival last night, Stilwell said he hopes to have productive talks and reaffirm the strong alliance that he called the cornerstone of regional security.
Attention is focused on the message he will deliver regarding Seoul's decision to pull out of GSOMIA, the intel-sharing pact with Tokyo.
Citing security issues, Stilwell is expected to urge South Korea to retract its decision.