Washington, a close ally of both countries, has long encouraged better relations between the two, even though many in South Korea are critical of the pact.
South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense in a statement Wednesday highlighted the merits of the deal, saying “Japan’s investment in national defense is higher than South Korea’s which enables the country to monitor and detect military information.”
Seoul is hoping the data will help it to analyze North Korea’s ballistic missile launches and their trajectories as well as the country’s nuclear and submarine capabilities.
North Korea has conducted more than a dozen missile tests since Pyongyang claimed to have successfully detonated a thermonuclear device in January.
The deal comes amid uncertainty over the future of the THAAD missile defense system, which Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy in South Korea by the end of this year.
US President-elect Donald Trump, however, has called for US …