Japan has expressed regret at South Korea’s decision to terminate a joint military intelligence-sharing deal.

By taking this step, South Korea was damaging the trusting relationship between the two countries, conservative Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

The government in Seoul had unexpectedly announced that it was ending its agreement with Tokyo which was set up to share information about North Korean nuclear and missile activities.

Abe said joint cooperation with the US would be unaffected and called on South Korea to “keep its promises.”

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