Govt. Investigating Closed-Door Cabinet Passing of Military Pact with Japan
The government has launched an investigation to discover who was responsible for last week's closed-door Cabinet passing of a controversial military agreement with Japan.
This was confirmed by the foreign ministry Wednesday following media reports that an official from the presidential office specifically named the director-general of the ministry's Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau as the person who suggested getting Cabinet approval behind closed doors.
Although the ministry said the government will announce the appropriate punitive measures once the probe is complete, it also stressed that it's customary not to disclose the details of such a deal until both sides are ready to sign on the dotted line.
Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, meanwhile, met with National Assembly Vice Speaker Lee Byung-suk earlier this morning to seek support for the defense information-sharing pact.
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