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26) that South Korea will only reconsider renewing the GSOMIA if Japan withdraws its decision to de-list South Korea.
The decision to end GSOMIA came amid escalating trade disputes over Japan's restriction of exporting chip-making materials to South Korea following disputes arising from Japanese colonial rule.
Without GSOMIA, the flow of intelligence information is likely to go through their common ally -- the US.
South Korea's Defence Ministry said that regardless of the end of GSOMIA, it would maintain a "stable" joint defence posture based on a robust alliance with the United States.
"GSOMIA plays a quite significant part in three-way security cooperation," said the official told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security forum in Bangkok
Under the framework, South Korea would pass relevant information to the United States, with which Seoul already has a legally-binding pact to share and safeguard intelligence called General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
The pact included both an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and a General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
Agreement (GSOMIA), would have enabled more robust bilateral cooperation
Seoul's last minute pull out from signing the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between South Korea and Japan in June 2012 may be one of these signs.
"The two governments will officially sign the deal as early as this week, or sometime next week at the latest," the source was quoted as saying, adding South Korea passed a bill on reaching the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) at its Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
South Korea on Tuesday completed its domestic procedures to sign the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), and Japan is expected to complete its own procedures this week, paving the way for the two sides to ink the pact.
The pact -- named the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) -- calls for the two countries to exchange intelligence about North Korea and its nuclear and missile programmes, Yonhap news agency said.
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