The Korean-Japanese-American triangle: problems and prospects

by Yong-Ok Park


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This paper discusses the current problems and likely future prospects of Japanese-Korean security cooperation in light of the history of Japanese-Korean relations, and the current political-military situation in Northeast Asia. It also considers the role the United States plays in the region and the separate security pacts it maintains with the two countries. The author suggests that the establishment of official, direct security ties between Korea and Japan seems unlikely in the near future but could be facilitated by U.S. efforts to strengthen Sino-American-Japanese security cooperation.

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