S.Korean, Japanese Defense Chiefs to Discuss Cooperation

      November 22, 2010 08:18

      The defense ministers of South Korea and Japan will meet in Seoul to discuss an agreement on security of military information governing exchange of defense secrets, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.

      The pact is aimed at allowing the two countries to exchange military strategies and related information in preparation for an emergency in North Korea.

      Similar agreements already exist between Seoul and Washington, and between Washington and Tokyo, so the agreement would allow all three countries to exchange information.

      According to the Japanese daily, Tokyo is fine-tuning Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa's schedule so he can visit South Korea on Dec. 17-18 to discuss the matter with his South Korean counterpart Kim Tae-young.

      Tokyo is reportedly seeking broader security cooperation with Seoul.

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