SEOUL – Some 47.7 percent of respondents in a South Korean survey said Seoul should cease a defense information-sharing agreement with Japan, more than the 39.3 percent who opposed such a move, a poll by Real Meter showed Wednesday.
The support for scrapping the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, by not renewing the current agreement, slated to expire in November, comes at a time when Japan is tightening export controls for goods to its East Asian neighbor.
The agreement allows authorities in both countries to share classified information on defense. The accord is renewed automatically every year unless either side informs the other of an intention to scrap it 90 days before the expiration date, or Aug. 24.
A senior official said that the South Korean government will carefully consider appropriate responses until Aug. 24.
According to the survey, 70.8 percent of supporters of President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party of Korea were against the treaty renewal, with 15.6 percent against scrapping current defense arrangements.
On the other hand, only 14.6 percent of supporters of opposition party Liberty Korea Party backed nonrenewal, while 76.5 percent were against.
The poll made clear the rifts within the ruling and opposition parties over the defense pact.
The survey, conducted on Tuesday, covered about 500 people age 19 or higher.