US government has tentatively set the US military expenses to be shared by South Korea to US$5 billion, and “the amount cannot be adjusted”. The expression reflects that this is The strong will of US President Trump. For the Lions of the United States allies, the Yonhap analysis said that the South Korean government has recognized the increase in the amount of defense fees to a certain extent, but this large-scale upward adjustment is unreasonable and unacceptable. Korean netizens are also outraged, saying that the move is extremely unfair to South Korea.
Washington’s diplomatic security sources confirmed the news on the 29th and said that the White House has already set the tone for the next US-ROK Special Agreement on Defence Sharing, and the $5 billion “cannot be adjusted.” US Presidential National Security Assistant Bolton has officially requested the Korean government to increase the amount of the assessment when he visited South Korea from 23 to 24 this month. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Jing and the 30th said that South Korea and the United States have reached a consensus on negotiating a fair and reasonable amount of defense fees. When Bolton visited Korea last week, she exchanged principled opinions with her, but did not discuss the specific amount. She said that the ROK-US alliance is the mainstay of maintaining peace and stability in the peninsula and even in Northeast Asia. The ROK is also contributing to the ROK-US alliance. In the future, it will reach an agreement on the sharing of the expenses of the US military stationed in South Korea.
According to reports, Bolton met with the Qinghuatai National Security Office Director Zheng Yirong, the Defense Minister Zheng Jingdou and the Foreign Minister Kang Jinghe on the 24th. They all mentioned the issue of the US military defense fees in Korea and repeatedly stressed the necessity. His tone is not to be discussed: “Our idea is like this, and you must try your best to cooperate.” The US$5 billion requested by the US is more than five times the Korean burden agreed by the two sides in February this year. Since Han and the United States limited the time of consultation to the annual meeting in the previous agreement, it is expected that the two sides will soon begin negotiations on the 11th defense contribution sharing agreement. Although there is a view that the US will have a price for the purpose of “preemptive strike” before the new round of negotiations in the second half of this year, if this is Trump’s own will, it may also be a substantial pressure. There is also the view that the “designer” of the United States to increase the amount of defense fees allocated to the Allies is Bolton himself.
In this regard, Qingwatai related people said that the United States did not mention the specific amount of the share, but the two sides agreed to resolve the issue in a more “just and reasonable” direction. South Korea’s “Korean Daily” reported on the 30th that some analysts believe that the Lions’ opening in the US military spending in Korea may be the meaning of Trump himself seeking re-election.
Trump said in a campaign in Florida on May 8 this year, “Although I don’t want to mention the name of this country, we spend $5 billion a year to defend its very dangerous territory. When asked, When we pay us a fee, the other party only answers $500 million, which means we lose $4.5 billion a year.” Trump also said that the country is very rich and does not like the United States. On April 27 this year, Trump also mentioned in a campaign in Wisconsin that South Korea should substantially increase the amount of US military expenses in Korea.
“The opposition to the United States unreasonably raises the cost of the US military in Korea,” the Yonhap News Agency said on the 30th that as Trump becomes more and more explicit and requires allies to pay more for the US military, South Korea will certainly be carried out every year. More bills are faced in the negotiations between South Korea and the United States. From last week’s visit to South Korea, Bolton ignored the South Korean trade disputes that South Korea is most concerned about, Russia’s “invasion” of airspace, North Korea’s missile launch and other thorny issues, but has been concentrating on the issue of defense costs. If the United States really proposes $5 billion, then this is the result of the United States’ total and direct costs, such as the salary of US troops stationed in South Korea, strategic weapons, and South Korea. This is absolutely unacceptable to South Korea. Although the Trump administration continues to promote the “US priority” policy, it should also exercise restraint and avoid opening its mouth to allies.
Korean netizens are also hotly discussing this. Most people are filled with indignation and say, “Hurry to withdraw the US troops stationed in South Korea. The rest of the money can be self-defense in South Korea.” “Trump is a businessman, and he is not polite to the allies in asking for money.” The South Korean garrison is also in order to deal with the Sino-Russian dynasty, and let South Korea pay all the bills?” At the same time, some people blame the South Korean government, saying that “When the martyrdom came to power, the relationship between Japan and the United States was screwed up, and now the retribution came.” “This administration is really diplomatic incompetence, diplomatic isolation, and diplomatic misfortune.” There are also netizens full of crisis awareness, saying that “the recent Japanese economic retaliation, the Russian military aircraft invasion, the North Korean missile launch, and the United States demanding an increase in military spending are really disturbing.”
According to a report by the Yonhap News Agency on the 30th, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Jing and the day when he accepted the policy in Congress, said that the South Korean government currently holds the position of automatic renewal, but it may also take the matter. Progress is considered to be void. Kang Jinghe also said that the goal of total denuclearization between the two countries is unwavering.