South Korea and the United States initiated negotiations on defense cost-sharing or demanded a substantial increase in the share.

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 South Korea and the United States initiated negotiations on defense cost-sharing or demanded a substantial increase in the share.


Xinhua BEIJING, Sept. 24, comprehensive report, from next year, the 11th South Korea-US defense cost-sharing agreement first round of negotiations was held in Seoul, South Korea, from 24 to 25. Reportedly, before the start of the new negotiations, the United States asked the South Korean side to substantially increase the defense cost share. It is believed that the United States may also ask the South Korean side to bear other costs that have not been included in the share.

DATA FIGURE: On April 1, 2019, Acting Secretary of Defense of the United States Shanahan met with South Korean Defense Minister Zheng Jingdou at the Pentagon. China News Agency reporter Chen Meng Tongju

Reported that the new U.S. State Department defense cost-sharing negotiator James DeHart and the 10th negotiation agreement Korean representative, South Korean Foreign Ministry Korean-US defense cost-sharing negotiator Zhang Yuansan attended the negotiations on behalf of both sides.

The purpose of the talks is to determine the share of defense costs applicable to the ROK from next year. In March 2019, the agreed share of defense expenditure between the two countries in 2019 was 1.0389 trillion won, an increase of 8.2% over the same period of last year, and the validity period was up to the end of 2019.

It is said that before the start of the new negotiations, the United States asked the ROK to increase its defense cost share substantially, saying that the annual operating expenses of the US military in ROK amounted to 5 billion US dollars, equivalent to 6 trillion won. It is also argued that the United States will also require the ROK to bear the costs of deploying strategic assets that are not currently included in the defense cost-sharing and the labor costs of the U.S. military.

DATA FIGURE: On March 30, 2015, South Koreas Puxiang City, South Korea, a joint landing exercise was held by the Korean and American forces.

Reportedly, the Korean governments position on this is that only a reasonable and fair upgrade plan can be accepted. It is expected that the two sides will launch a heated debate in the negotiations.

The U.S. State Departments position on the U.S. negotiation of the South Korea-US Special Agreement on Defense Cost Sharing on Tuesday said, As the President said, we have started relevant negotiations and asked South Korea to make greater contributions to military defense issues.

According to reports, in an interview with the US State Department on the 23rd, people concerned said, It takes a huge amount of money to protect allies from potential dangerous threats and deploy US assets at all times. The President has repeatedly made it clear that South Korea and other allies have the ability and must bear more costs.

DATA FIGURE: On February 7, 2014, local time, the US troops stationed in Korea carried out the transportation of equipment used by the First Armored Division at the 8th Wharf of Busan Port.

He also said that the United States is grateful to South Korea not only for sharing the cost of US troops in Korea through the Special Agreement on Defense Cost Sharing, but also for providing resources support to allies in other ways.

US President Trump tweeted in early August that South Korea had agreed to share more defense costs. However, South Korean foreign ministers responded that it was inconvenient to comment on the remarks of other heads of state, but South Korea and the United States had not yet started consultations on defense fees.

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