South Korea-US defence cost-sharing talks to begin today

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Read: 809     16:08     07 March 2018    

South Korea and the United States will hold the first round of negotiations on renewing their defence cost-sharing agreement in Hawaii between Wednesday and Friday. 


The Foreign Ministry said South Korea is being represented by Chang Won-sam, a career diplomat who was appointed late last year to lead the negotiations. Timothy Betts, the deputy assistant state secretary for plans, programs and operations, is representing the U.S. 

The talks on the Special Measures Agreement are intended to determine how much South Korea will pay in defence costs from 2019. This year, South Korea is estimated to cover roughly 960 billion won.

South Korea and the U.S. have been adopting special accords on sharing defence costs to keep U.S. forces in the South since 1991. The current accord will expire on December 31st.

In a news briefing earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said the government will exert best efforts to adopt an accord that would contribute to the stable deployment of U.S. Forces Korea and to strengthening the South Korea-U.S. combined defence posture.

Noh said the government will also actively work to produce negotiation results that would be supported by parliament and the people. 

KBS



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South Korea-US defence cost-sharing talks to begin today

2018/03/1520403260.jpg
Read: 810     16:08     07 March 2018    

South Korea and the United States will hold the first round of negotiations on renewing their defence cost-sharing agreement in Hawaii between Wednesday and Friday. 


The Foreign Ministry said South Korea is being represented by Chang Won-sam, a career diplomat who was appointed late last year to lead the negotiations. Timothy Betts, the deputy assistant state secretary for plans, programs and operations, is representing the U.S. 

The talks on the Special Measures Agreement are intended to determine how much South Korea will pay in defence costs from 2019. This year, South Korea is estimated to cover roughly 960 billion won.

South Korea and the U.S. have been adopting special accords on sharing defence costs to keep U.S. forces in the South since 1991. The current accord will expire on December 31st.

In a news briefing earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said the government will exert best efforts to adopt an accord that would contribute to the stable deployment of U.S. Forces Korea and to strengthening the South Korea-U.S. combined defence posture.

Noh said the government will also actively work to produce negotiation results that would be supported by parliament and the people. 

KBS



Tags: Korea   Defence   USA