Tokyo, Seoul eye more military cooperation -media

TOKYO. Janary 4. KAZINFORM Japan and South Korea aim to strengthen their peacetime military cooperation, Japanese media reported on Tuesday, as tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula; Kazinform refers to China Daily.

The two governments will put the sensitive issue of security cooperation at the pillar of a joint statement they are considering issuing as early as this spring, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, citing sources close to Japan-South Korea relations.

A Japanese foreign ministry official dismissed the media reports, however, telling Reuters that they were groundless.

In the statement, the two countries will indicate their aim of reaching a security agreement allowing their militaries to support each other during peacekeeping and natural disaster missions abroad by providing supplies and services, the Yomiuri said.

The two governments will also seek an agreement on preventing military information leaks, the Yomiuri reported.

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