2019.08.23 NEWSCENTER HEADLINES

2019.08.23 NEWSCENTER HEADLINES


The Blue House says its decision to end its
military intel-sharing pact with Japan, called GSOMIA, won’t hurt the South Korea-U.S. alliance,
but rather strengthen it. It also points the finger at Japan for driving
South Korea to end the pact by flatly ignoring Korea’s continued calls for talks. Washington expresses disappointment over Seoul’s
decision to terminate GSOMIA, urging Korea and Japan to continue dialogue. Tokyo says the decision has made it harder
for both sides to work together. Korea’s finance chief says GSOMIA’s termination
has added economic uncertainties stemming from Japan’s trade restrictions… but he
lays out plans to mitigate the impact. This, while next year’s budget was set at
around 422-billion dollars, a 9-percent increase from this year. And… the political tension between Seoul
and Tokyo doesn’t seem to bother the Japanese people, as the number of Japanese tourists
to Korea actually increases.

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