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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday criticized South Korea’s decision last month to end a bilateral military intelligence-sharing pact, saying the worsening of bilateral ties should not affect security cooperation.

“Our consistent stance is that (the status of) the bilateral relationship should not affect security issues. It’s deeply regrettable that South Korea unilaterally notified us of the termination,” Abe said at a news conference in New York.

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