South Korea signs deal to pay more for USA troops

13 February, 2019, 06:31 | Author: Carlos George
  • Kang Kyung-wha South Korean Foreign Minister, says negotiations for new deal'long but successful

South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday on how much Seoul should pay for the USA military presence on its soil, after previous rounds of failed negotiations caused worries about their decades-long alliance.

Ahead of the second US-North Korea leaders' summit, Malaysia's Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia is ready to settle its problem with North Korea which followed the high-profile assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Malaysia.

The observations come just weeks before Trump and Kim are set to meet face-to-face again.

The disagreement had raised the prospect that Trump could decide to withdraw at least some troops from South Korea, as he has in other countries like Syria.

During his State of the Union address on February 5, President Donald Trump announced his second summit with Kim will be held in Vietnam on February 27-28. The two leaders held their first unprecedented meeting in June past year in Singapore.

"Pyongyang "is using civilian facilities, including airports, for ballistic missile assembly and testing with the goal of effectively preventing "decapitation" strikes" on a smaller number of identified nuclear and missile assembly and manufacturing sites", the United Nations report said.

Abrams also said the last time that North Korea launched a ballistic missile or conducted a nuclear weapons test was before the first Trump-Kim summit. Richard Blumenthal of CT said the first meeting led to "a stark and stunning lack of any action [or] progress".

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Last year, South Korea provided about 960 billion won, roughly 40 per cent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 U.S. soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North Korea.

Yonhap said the USA had previously demanded 1.13 trillion won (US$1 billion) from South Korea.

South Korean media said Biegun told a South Korean parliamentary delegation visiting Washington that in Pyongyang the two sides agree not to negotiate, but to make clear their respective positions.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Slovakia on Tuesday he hoped for "substantial progress" in Hanoi.

This combined with production of perhaps 150 kg of highly enriched uranium may have allowed North Korea to increase the number of weapons in its arsenal by between five and seven, the Stanford report said. North Korea agreed to return to the United States some 50 boxes of remains believed to contain the bodies of missing American servicemembers from the Korean War.

However, it said North Korea's freeze in nuclear and missile testing since 2017 mean its weapons program probably poses less of a threat than it did at the end of that year.

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