Suspected pressure? US military in South Korea informs South Korean staff that they may face unpaid leave

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 Suspected pressure? US military in South Korea informs South Korean staff that they may face unpaid leave


The US military command in South Korea said Tuesday that a special agreement on defense cost sharing between the two countries has not been signed, and the agreement has remained blank. At present, 9000 South Korean employees have been notified 30 days in advance. From April 1, South Korean employees in the base may face unpaid leave.

The report said that although the U.S. Department of Defense said it would support the salaries of South Korean staff engaged in the main business of the U.S. military in South Korea, the prior notification was aimed at all South Korean staff.

The U.S. military in South Korea added that if South Korea does not have a continuing agreement to share the cost of employing South Korean staff, the U.S. command in South Korea will soon run out of money to pay South Korean staff salaries and the total amount needed.

Robert Abrams, commander of the U.S. military in South Korea, spoke highly of the South Korean staff and their contribution to the South Korean American alliance, saying that they are indispensable for the U.S. military in South Korea to carry out tasks.

He said the lack of staff in South Korea will affect the war readiness situation. If, unfortunately, a defense fee sharing agreement cannot be reached, the U.S. military in South Korea must continue to prepare for a temporary unpaid leave.

South Korean media analysis said that this may be the United States is pressing the South Korean government to try to share more defense costs.

It is reported that the U.S. military command in South Korea has analyzed the decision of the U.S. Defense Department on who will stay without pay.

Since 1991, South Korea and the United States signed the first defense fee sharing agreement, 10 agreements have been signed so far. According to the 10th agreement signed in March 2019, South Koreas defense cost is about 1 trillion won (about US $870 million), up 8.2% from 2018. The agreement is valid until December 31, 2019.

At present, six rounds of negotiations have been held between South Korea and the United States on signing the 11th special agreement on defense cost sharing, and the two sides have yet to reach an agreement.

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