US Congress unveiled next year's National Defense Authorization Act.
It contains the contents of maintaining the USFK at the current level and providing extended deterrence to South Korea by mobilizing all capabilities.
We also agreed to strengthen military support for Taiwan.
Correspondent Yoon-Soo Kim from Washington.
US Senate and House of Representatives agreed on the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains the US defense and security budget for next year, and released the contents.
The key to the new National Defense Authorization Act is to secure strategic competitive advantage with China and strengthen alliances in the Indo-Pacific region.
The USFK has stated that it will maintain the current level of 28,500.
It also included the provision of maximum extended deterrence to South Korea in response to the North Korean threat.
To this end, the US security authorities have come up with a plan to continue the ROK-US and ROK-US-Japan joint exercises next year.
[John Kirby/US NSC Strategic Communications Coordinator: We will continue to secure all necessary defense capabilities in the region to protect the interests of the US and its strategic allies, Korea and Japan.]
A plan to strengthen support for Taiwan was also specified in the bill. .
In response to China's threat of armed reunification, Taiwan will be provided with a total of 10 billion dollars for five years from next year to increase its military budget.
In addition, in 2024, it was recommended that Taiwan be invited to the world's largest multinational joint maritime exercise, the Rim Pacific Exercise, RIMPAC.
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