4th South Korea-US Defense Cost Sharing Talks to Open Tuesday

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Read: 538     15:47     21 June 2018    

South Korea and the United States will hold the fourth round of negotiations on renewing their defense cost-sharing agreement in Seoul next week.  


The Foreign Ministry said that the fourth meeting on the Special Measures Agreement(SMA) will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday in southern Seoul. 
 
South Korea will be represented by Chang Won-sam, a career diplomat who was appointed late last year to lead the negotiations while the U.S. will be represented by Timothy Betts, the deputy assistant state secretary for plans, programs and operations.
 
The ministry said that the two sides will work to narrow differences based on discussions held in the three previous rounds of talks. 

In the wake of Seoul and Washington's decision to suspend an annual joint military drill this year, attention is being drawn to whether there will be any shift in the U.S.’ demand for South Korea to further cover defense costs, citing costs for the deployment of U.S. strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula.
 
South Korea and the U.S. have been adopting special accords on sharing defense costs to keep U.S. forces in the South since 1991. The two countries have to sign a new accord within this year, as the current agreement, which was reached in 2014, will expire on December 31st.

 

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4th South Korea-US Defense Cost Sharing Talks to Open Tuesday

2018/06/1529564696.jpg
Read: 539     15:47     21 June 2018    

South Korea and the United States will hold the fourth round of negotiations on renewing their defense cost-sharing agreement in Seoul next week.  


The Foreign Ministry said that the fourth meeting on the Special Measures Agreement(SMA) will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday in southern Seoul. 
 
South Korea will be represented by Chang Won-sam, a career diplomat who was appointed late last year to lead the negotiations while the U.S. will be represented by Timothy Betts, the deputy assistant state secretary for plans, programs and operations.
 
The ministry said that the two sides will work to narrow differences based on discussions held in the three previous rounds of talks. 

In the wake of Seoul and Washington's decision to suspend an annual joint military drill this year, attention is being drawn to whether there will be any shift in the U.S.’ demand for South Korea to further cover defense costs, citing costs for the deployment of U.S. strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula.
 
South Korea and the U.S. have been adopting special accords on sharing defense costs to keep U.S. forces in the South since 1991. The two countries have to sign a new accord within this year, as the current agreement, which was reached in 2014, will expire on December 31st.

 

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