The US and South Korea again did not agree on the maintenance of US military bases

The US and South Korea again did not agree on the maintenance of US military bases

The United States and South Korea once again failed to agree on the distribution of the costs of maintaining the American military contingent on the Korean peninsula. According to the South Korean Foreign Ministry, the three-day tense negotiations ended to no avail.


For the seventh time, Washington and Seoul were unable to agree on financing the maintenance of the US military stationed in South Korea. According to local media, the lack of agreements could lead to the fact that in April, South Korean employees of US military bases could be sent on unpaid leave due to lack of money to pay salaries.

The previous agreement on the maintenance of US military bases in South Korea expired on December 31, 2019, and the new agreement was never signed. The fact is that Washington is demanding $ 4 billion from Seoul to cover the cost of maintaining its troops on the Korean peninsula this year. South Korea, which until then paid only 915 million a year, considers this amount to be too high. At the same time, the United States has already reduced its requirements by 1 billion.

As previously reported, in the framework of the agreement on assistance and mutual defense between the United States and South Korea, about 28,5 thousand US troops are located in the country. Their maintenance costs the United States $ 5 billion, with South Korea spending just over $ 900 million a year. Since 2018, Washington has repeatedly demanded from Seoul to increase the cost of maintaining the American army.

Recall that the US Army has been in South Korea since the Korean War 1950-1953.
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  1. Svarog 20 March 2020 11: 13 New
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    It’s curious what the United States will impose sanctions on South Korea ..
    1. Ravil_Asnafovich 20 March 2020 11: 17 New
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      They will scare the idea of ​​"juche".
      1. maidan.izrailovich 20 March 2020 11: 23 New
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        They will scare the idea of ​​"juche".

        Besides Juche there are many levers. The most faithful through the economy or the dollar.
        1. Shurik70 20 March 2020 13: 13 New
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          First, they scare the neighbor to the point that they themselves agree to pay the Americans that they have their bases on their land. And then gradually (or sharply) raise the "rent".
          The same is seen in the Baltic states and Poland.
      2. grandfather_Kostya 20 March 2020 17: 20 New
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        They will scare the idea of ​​"juche".

        Juche (Cor) - reliance on one's own strength = anti-globalism.
  2. maidan.izrailovich 20 March 2020 11: 21 New
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    They’re not going anywhere. Will agree. More precisely, Koreans will once again be forced to accept the hegemonic conditions. Such is the fate of all those who refuse (and voluntarily) their independence (albeit partially).
  3. bessmertniy 20 March 2020 11: 21 New
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    Trump continues to rob his allies for military spending. wassat Accustom harder - so also lay the profit for services to protect the South Koreans from the North. wink
    1. alma 20 March 2020 17: 19 New
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      Just a classic: "Do not want to feed your army - you will feed someone else's"
  4. Pacifist 20 March 2020 11: 37 New
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    Well yes, the logic of the gigemon. We have occupied you, pay.
    1. My doctor 20 March 2020 21: 14 New
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      Quote: Pacifist
      Well yes, the logic of the gigemon. We occupied you, pay

      fool
      Recall that the US Army has been in South Korea since the Korean War 1950-1953.

      South Korea owes its existence to the United States after the DPRK attack.
      1. unhappy 21 March 2020 07: 45 New
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        What is the gratitude of the countries, ask Russia that yesterday's "friends" pour mud and rejoice at our troubles. angry
        1. My doctor 21 March 2020 12: 54 New
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          Quote: unhappy
          What is the gratitude of the countries, ask Russia that yesterday's "friends" pour mud and rejoice at our troubles.

          "Friends are in trouble," but "Russia has only two allies, the army and navy."
          It would not be worthwhile to make friends of the countries of Europe under the control of the USSR following the results of the Second World War. Also, countries whose governments, due to disagreements with the United States, were forced to establish relations with the Russian Federation.
      2. Pacifist 21 March 2020 23: 53 New
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        I know the story very well. And I know who, to whom and what is "obliged" there. But this does not exclude the logic of occupation, in this case. Since the issue of establishing relations between the two Koreas was many times torn off precisely because of US intervention and their direct pressure on the leadership of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
        And now the points:
        1. Another military base on your territory for which you pay
        2. Issuance of direct instructions to the country's leadership by representatives of a foreign state
        3. A direct ban on certain international activities of the country's leadership by representatives of a foreign state.

        This is the occupation. So imagine fool
  5. knn54 20 March 2020 11: 45 New
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    -At the same time, the United States has already reduced its requirements by 1 billion.
    Given the fact that RK was severely affected by the coronavirus, they could have made more discounts.
    Yes, the "roof" of the Yankees is not cheap.
    1. Mitroha 20 March 2020 11: 57 New
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      So to say, "Extremely expensive, and not very reliable" "roof".
    2. Paul 20 March 2020 12: 11 New
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      It seems that at the moment the term "roof" is changing the owner. Most likely, the Republic of Kazakhstan now protects the interests of Americans on the Peninsula. Judge for yourself - the Koreans say, “Yankees go home,” will the Americans leave? Voooot! They won’t leave. They will remain because their investments in southerners are grandiose and they need to fear Juche much more than the southerners. This is how the Poles frighten the West with Russian aggression, and the Southerners West frighten everyone with the Juche. Does Trump take offense and leave the RJC unprotected? Do they really think that the defenseless, relaxed south brought up on the water and rice will not crush the northerners ?! They will never leave from there, but it will be necessary that the natives can also take bribes from them. So after 20-30 years, Germans and Poles will begin to twist their hands to the Americans at home - or money for providing their territory for global domination or in the garden - well, I do not believe that in the long run 100-150 years there will be no new leaders from the moderate (Adenauer , de Gaulle, to the possessed Hitler, Pilsudski), who will not try to get out of the custody of Big Brother, sister, grandfather, etc.
      1. My doctor 20 March 2020 21: 24 New
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        Quote: Paul
        This is how the Poles Russian aggression scare the West

        Poles do not scare. They themselves are afraid, like all the neighbors of Russia, fear in Europe is proportional to the distance to the Russian border. For example, Spain and Portugal are not afraid at all.
  6. Peter is not the first 20 March 2020 14: 32 New
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    It would be nice if they didn’t agree on the amount and then the Americans would have a little less money left to counter Russia.
  7. Magus 20 March 2020 23: 05 New
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    The United States and South Korea once again failed to agree on the distribution of the costs of maintaining the American military contingent on the Korean peninsula.

    Couldn’t reach an agreement now, the USA will “help”, somehow, South Korea come to an agreement with itself.
    U.S. Army has been in South Korea since the 1950-1953 Korean War

    And the US Army is not going to leave the occupied South Korean territories ...