The Defense Ministry says it is prioritizing issues related to security, namely efforts to adopt an agreement on sharing military intelligence with Japan.
Ministry Spokesman Moon Sang-gyun revealed the stance in a news briefing amid criticism that Seoul is negotiating the General Security of Military Information Agreement(GSOMIA) without sufficiently collecting public opinion.
Moon underlined the government is pursuing the deal based on the need to respond more efficiently to North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats.
Asked if the ministry has reversed its initial pledge to work toward the agreement only under the right conditions, Moon said that the government will continuously exert efforts to gain the public's understanding.
The spokesman also noted that the government has continuously engaged in military cooperation with Japan and will continue to do so in the future.
Source: KBS World Radio