SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea and america on Friday signed a deal that might improve Seoul’s monetary contribution for the deployment of U.S. troops within the Asian nation.
After rounds of failed negotiations, chief delegates from the 2 nations final month agreed on Seoul paying about 1.04 trillion gained ($924 million) in 2019 for the U.S. navy presence, up from about $830 million final 12 months.
President Donald Trump earlier pressured Seoul to extend its share, triggering worries in South Korea that he would possibly withdraw a number of the 28,500 U.S. troops right here if Seoul refused to just accept his demand.
South Korean International Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris signed the brand new cost-sharing deal on Friday.
Seoul’s International Ministry stated in an announcement the deal is anticipated to supply a “steady surroundings” for the U.S. troop deployment and assist strengthen the alliance between the 2 nations.
The deal, which entails the spending of South Korean taxpayer cash, requires parliamentary approval in South Korea, however not in america. The deal will probably simply cross via South Korea’s parliament as the primary conservative opposition celebration extremely values a stronger alliance with america.
The deal’s signing got here days after the 2 nations eradicated their enormous springtime navy drills and changed them with a smaller coaching to again diplomatic efforts to strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons. Many consultants in South Korea stated the strikes would probably weaken the allies’ navy readiness within the occasion that the diplomacy fails and tensions with North Korea flares once more.