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Aug 23, 2019 | 14:51 GMT

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Japan, South Korea: Seoul Officially Terminates Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Tokyo

What Happened: The South Korean Foreign Ministry has formally notified Japan that it will terminate a bilateral intelligence-sharing pact, Yonhap reported Aug. 23.

Why It Matters: South Korea's decision came after announcement on Aug. 22 that Seoul intended to downgrade its intelligence relationship with Japan and reflects growing tension between the two countries over trade disagreements.

Background: Japan announced export restrictions against South Korea in early July, and mediation attempts by China and the United States have failed to prevent an escalation of the dispute.

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