The Defense Ministry has reaffirmed that the ministry independently decided to resume negotiations on a military intelligence sharing deal with Japan without an order from the presidential office.
Ministry Spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said in a news briefing Thursday that the National Security Council decided to resume the talks at the ministry's recommendation after inter-ministerial consultations. But he declined to elaborate further.
Some news outlets reported earlier in the day that the ministry first asked for the presidential office's instructions about whether to resume the Seoul-Tokyo talks on the General Security of Military Information Agreement(GSOMIA) and that President Park Geun-hye made the decision.
The spokesman added that the defense minister will be the final person to sign off on the military accord with Japan.
Source: KBS World Radio