Officials in Washington have expressed concern about growing rupture between Japan and South Korea, worried that the end of the intelligence-sharing deal would send the wrong signal to China and North Korea, which have long sought to undermine American influenza in the
Without agreement, Tokyo and Seoul will have to exchange sensitive military intelligence through Washington, which has separate intelligence-sharing deals with both nations. But such an arrangement could slow down information-sharing at critical moments, such as immediately after a North Korean missile launch, analysts said.
President Trump has shrugged new types of short-range ballistic missile, as well as a new guided multiple-tube rocker launcher – it blamed South Korea and the United States for carrying out joint military exercises. Off the recent launches, calling them "smaller ones." Earlier this month, he said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, had sent him a letter that included a "small apology" for the tests, and which said that the North wanted
The drill ended on Tuesday, but North Korea has continued to express displeasure toward the United States. On Friday, her foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “die-hard toxin of the U.S. diplomacy, ”according to a statement delivered by North's official Korean Central News Agency.
Mr. Mr. Ri's statement came days after Mr. Pompeo said Washington would maintain strong sanctions until the North was denuclearized.
“The U.S. is sadly mistaken if he still thinks of standing in confrontation with the D.P.R.K. with sanctions, not dropping its confrontational stand, ”Mr. Ri said, using the abbreviation for North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.