Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has expressed hope that South Korea will retract its decision to scrap an intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries before it expires on Saturday.
Seoul maintains it will not extend the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, until Japan drops export controls against it.
Kono said on Friday morning that South Korea's pullout from GSOMIA could send the wrong signal to North Korea and other nations in the region.
He expressed hope that South Korea would reverse course. He noted there are people in the South Korean government who understand the importance of GSOMIA and bilateral defense cooperation in general.