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South Korea has no plans to seek a treaty with Japan on exchanging confidential military information, South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

“There has been no progress made in discussing the signing of a treaty on exchanging confidential military information with Japan, and we have no plan to seek the treaty at the moment,” Kim Min-seok told a press briefing.

Kim’s statement came in response to reports saying vice defense ministers may discuss the issue during a November meeting in Seoul.

Kim said Vice Defense Ministers Masanori Nishi and Baek Seung-joo are scheduled to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Seoul Defense Dialogue, a multilateral security forum, to be held in Seoul from Nov. 11 to 13.

It will be the first defense vice ministerial meeting between the two countries since November 2011.

“Topics to be handled at the meeting will basically be related to the Seoul Defense Dialogue and specific topics have not yet been fixed,” Kim said.

The SDD is a high-level security forum that will be attended by officials from around 15 countries to discuss multilateral dialogue to eliminate conflicts in the region.

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