World - - Nov 23,2016
South Korea and Japan sign a military intelligence-sharing pact on Tuesday amidst heavy opposition
South Korean president Park Geun-hye approved the much debated GSOMIA, General Security of Military Information Agreement pact with Japan. The pact is aimed at sharing information and countering the North Korean threat, a decision that angered South Korea’s citizens and its opposition parties.
Japan and South Korea have been using the United States as a buffer whenever any information on North Korea needed to be shared; hence, it is speculated that it was the US that pushed the two countries into signing the pact. The three countries aim at a more effective transaction between them to openly confront and keep an eye on the threats posed by North-Korea, which has been accelerating the development of nuclear arms and missiles.
South Korea has already signed GSOMIA with other countries including the United States; majority of South Korean people disagree with the deal because the country in question is Japan. Japan has ruled South Korea as a colony from 1901 to the end of world-war 2, a 35 year long rule; hence, the skeptism of people who are wary of cooperation from the country.
Park has already been involved in a corruption scandal, the signing of GSOMIA is almost like the last nail in the coffin. Her popularity has been waning since quite some time now. After the signing of this pact, opposition and people have given Ms. Park a clear ultimatum, either resign or face impeachment.
On Tuesday, the leading opposition ‘Democratic Party’ said that, Ms. Park would be remembered as a “traitorous president” because of this deal with Japan. Critics have charged that these talks with Japan are mere attempt to establish Park’s authority and rally her conservative supporters after the scandal. Her government has denied the accusation, mentioning the necessity of the pact to counter threat from Pyongyang.