South Korea raises U.S. military occupancy costs by US Secretary of Defense Contributing to Leading Newspaper January 18 7:26
With talks between the U.S. and South Korea over the cost of the U.S. military stationed in South Korea struggling, Secretary of State Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Esper contributed to leading U.S. newspapers, stating that `` South Korea, an economic power, has made peace on the Korean Peninsula. We should make more contributions, "he urged the Korean government to respond to the increasing burden.
Regarding the burden of expenses for US troops stationed in South Korea, the United States has demanded a significant increase in burdens, while South Korea has been reluctant and talks between the two governments have been difficult.
Under such circumstances, US Secretary of State Pompeio and Secretary of Defense Esper co-wrote a paper for the leading US paper, The Wall Street Journal, on Tuesday.
The two Ministers point out that "Korea bears less than one-third of the costs directly associated with the U.S. military presence," and "is a far greater burden on US taxpayers." He expressed strong dissatisfaction with the current state of the burden on the Korean side.
"South Korea is a global economic power and should do more to protect the peace of the Korean Peninsula. By taking on more of the burden of South Korea, the United States-South Korea Alliance will bring the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, and the world "We will continue to be at the heart of peace and prosperity."
The Japanese side of the U.S. military's occupation expenditure in Japan, the so-called "caring budget", is expected to begin full-scale in the summer of negotiations between the United States and Japan, and the Trump administration calls on Japan to increase the burden. It is expected that the future of US-ROK talks will be interesting.