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

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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
    Svarog 20 March 2020 11: 13 New
    +8
    It’s curious what the United States will impose sanctions on South Korea ..
    1. Ravil_Asnafovich
      Ravil_Asnafovich 20 March 2020 11: 17 New
      +3
      They will scare you with the Juche idea.
      1. maidan.izrailovich
        maidan.izrailovich 20 March 2020 11: 23 New
        0
        They will scare you with the Juche idea.

        Besides Juche there are many levers. The most faithful through the economy or the dollar.
        1. Shurik70
          Shurik70 20 March 2020 13: 13 New
          +1
          First, they frighten their neighbors to the point that they themselves agree to pay the Americans for the fact that they would have their bases on their land. And then gradually (or sharply) they raise the "rent".
          The same is seen in the Baltic states and Poland.
      2. grandfather_Kostya
        grandfather_Kostya 20 March 2020 17: 20 New
        0
        They will scare you with the Juche idea.

        Juche (Cor) - reliance on one's own strength = anti-globalism.
  2. maidan.izrailovich
    maidan.izrailovich 20 March 2020 11: 21 New
    -1
    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
    bessmertniy 20 March 2020 11: 21 New
    +4
    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
      alma 20 March 2020 17: 19 New
      +1
      Straight classic: "If you don't want to feed your army, you will feed someone else's"
  4. Pacifist
    Pacifist 20 March 2020 11: 37 New
    +1
    Well yes, the logic of the gigemon. We have occupied you, pay.
    1. My doctor
      My doctor 20 March 2020 21: 14 New
      -1
      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
        unhappy 21 March 2020 07: 45 New
        0
        What is the gratitude of countries, ask Russia which yesterday's "friends" throw mud at and rejoice in our troubles. angry
        1. My doctor
          My doctor 21 March 2020 12: 54 New
          0
          Quote: unhappy
          What is the gratitude of countries, ask Russia which yesterday's "friends" throw mud at and rejoice in our troubles.

          "Friends are known in trouble", but "Russia has only two allies, the army and the 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
        Pacifist 21 March 2020 23: 53 New
        0
        I know the story perfectly. And I know who, to whom and what is "obliged" there. But this does not exclude the logic of accupation, in this case. Since the issue of establishing relations between the two Koreas has been frustrated many times over precisely because of the US intervention and their direct pressure on the leadership of the ROK.
        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
    knn54 20 March 2020 11: 45 New
    0
    -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 a cheap pleasure.
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha 20 March 2020 11: 57 New
      0
      That is to say, "Extremely expensive, and not particularly reliable" "roof".
    2. Paul
      Paul 20 March 2020 12: 11 New
      -2
      It seems that at the moment the term "roof" is changing its owner. Most likely now the Republic of Kazakhstan is protecting the interests of the Americans on the Peninsula. Judge for yourself - the Koreans will say "Yankee Go Home", will the Americans leave? Vooot! They won't go away. They will remain because their investments in the southerners are grandiose and they are afraid of the Juchus much more than the southerners. It is just as the Poles scare the West with Russian aggression, and the southerners scare the West with all kinds of Juche. Will Trump be offended and leave RYUK unguarded, do they really think that the defenseless, relaxed south, brought up on water and rice, will not be crushed by the northerners ?! They will never leave there, but it will be necessary that the natives can also take bribes from them. So in 20-30 years, the Germans and Poles will begin to twist their hands to the Americans at home - either money for providing their territory for global domination or a garden - well, I don't believe that in the long term 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 care of Big Brother, sister, grandfather, etc.
      1. My doctor
        My doctor 20 March 2020 21: 24 New
        +1
        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
    Peter is not the first 20 March 2020 14: 32 New
    +1
    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
    Magus 20 March 2020 23: 05 New
    +7
    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 come to an agreement now, the US will "help", one way or another, South Korea to 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 ...