SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has decided to prolong its military intelligence sharing deal with Japan for one more year to bolster cooperation in seeking North Korea's denuclearization and regional peace, the defense ministry said Wednesday.
The two countries signed the pact, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), in November 2016. The deal is automatically prolonged if neither side chooses to end it by 90 days before the end of a one-year period.
"Our stance is to keep the agreement based on a comprehensive consideration of the Korean Peninsula's security situation," a ministry official said.
It concluded that strategic communication between Seoul and Tokyo is needed in the process of seeking the North's denuclearization and peace in the region, according to the official.
Inter-Korean relations have been improving in a dramatic way since earlier this year, culminating in summits in April and May between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Their third summit is expected to take place in Pyongyang next month.
The two countries technically remain at war as the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.