S.Korea media: Seoul begins process to normalize info-sharing pact with Japan

South Korea's defense ministry has reportedly initiated the process to normalize a military information-sharing accord with Japan, in line with an agreement reached by the two countries' leaders on Thursday.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited government officials as saying that the defense ministry sent a letter to the foreign ministry on Friday requesting measures to normalize the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA.

It says the foreign ministry is expected to send an official letter to its Japanese counterpart soon.

GSOMIA was signed in 2016. But three years later, South Korea's previous administration notified Japan of its intention to terminate the accord. It later put the plan on hold, leaving the agreement in an uncertain state.

On Thursday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol declared the "complete normalization" of GSOMIA, following a summit with Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio in Tokyo.

Yonhap said the move will boost security cooperation by the two countries and the United States. Their leaders agreed last November to share North Korea's missile warning data in real time.