South Korea May Burden More Costs for USFK

Hyo Jin Lee, July 3, 2017, 8:09 a.m.


U.S. President Donald Trump said after his summit with President Moon Jae-in on Friday that he wants to ensure a "fair" division of the cost of keeping 29,000 American troops in Korea. Trump stressed that a fair sharing of the costs is "very important." The comments were absent from the written joint statement the two leaders issued after their summit, but Trump often talks off the cuff, perhaps to play to his core support base.

One diplomatic source said, "The comments may have been for domestic consumption, but they did confirm that Trump is determined to raise Korea's share of the costs." As a result, Seoul could face pressure to shoulder more of the costs in annual defense talks scheduled late this year.

U.S. President Donald Trump said after his summit with President Moon Jae-in on Friday that he wants to ensure a "fair" division of the cost of keeping 29,000 American troops in Korea. Trump stressed that a fair sharing of the costs is "very important." The comments were absent from the written joint statement the two leaders issued after their summit, but Trump often talks off the cuff, perhaps to play to his core support base.

One diplomatic source said, "The comments may have been for domestic consumption, but they did confirm that Trump is determined to raise Korea's share of the costs." As a result, Seoul could face pressure to shoulder more of the costs in annual defense talks scheduled late this year.

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