South Korea and the United States launched a new round of protection fee negotiations on U.S. military salaries or paid by South Korea

 South Korea and the United States launched a new round of protection fee negotiations on U.S. military salaries or paid by South Korea

Overseas Network, September 24, according to Yonhap News Agency, the first round of negotiations between Korea and the United States on the 11th US military cost-sharing agreement in South Korea will be launched in Seoul today (24) morning for two days. South Korean public opinion said that the United States may require South Korea to pay combat support fees and part of the U.S. military wages in South Korea.

Reported that the U.S. negotiator is State Department official James Dehart, and the South Korean negotiator is former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Zhang Yuanshan.

DATA FIGURE: Trump and Wen Zaiyin (New Zealand News Agency)

The Korea Associated Press believes that the US will ask the ROK to increase its share quota substantially this time. In a tweet in August, President Trump called South Korea a very rich country and said that South Korea had agreed to pay more money to the United States to defend North Korea.

The United States also advocates that it should bear about $5 billion in troop costs annually, about six times that of the ROK, which in contrast shares too little.

The United States has stationed troops in South Korea since 1953, with an existing force of about 285,500. Since 1991, Korea and the United States have signed 10 cost-sharing agreements for US troops in Korea. The funds allocated by the ROK side are used to pay the Korean employees of the U.S. Army in Korea, to build military facilities in the U.S. military base and to provide logistical supplies.

US Army Base in Korea (Yonhap)

The tenth agreement was difficult to negotiate until March this year and lasted until December 31. According to the agreement, the cost-sharing of the ROK in 2019 was 1.04 trillion won ($870 million), an increase of 8.2% over the previous year.

In the last negotiation, the US side requested the addition of a new combat support fee project, but eventually cancelled it. The analysis concludes that the US is likely to raise the war support fee again this time, and may also ask the ROK to pay part of the wages of the US troops stationed in ROK. At the same time, considering the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, Trump showed a tougher attitude to the negotiations than ever before.

The picture shows the scene of the US-ROK joint military exercise. (Yonhap)

It is expected that the ROK will point out that the ROK will bear the cost of US military strategic weapons dispatch and the salary of US troops stationed in ROK, which violates the status agreement of US forces stationed in ROK. It emphasizes that the ROK can only increase the amount of defense expenditure share within a fair and reasonable range, as well as the ROKs contribution to the ROK-US alliance, such as the pollution purification fee of garrison bases.

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