Defence Secretary Esper: Crucial that South Korea increases burden sharing for US military

Defence Secretary Esper: Crucial that South Korea increases burden sharing for US military
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  • calendar-gray 15 November 2019

During a Friday meeting with South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper stated that Seoul should increase its burden sharing for the American forces stationed in the country, stressing the deal that is now being negotiated, should be fair and mutually agreeable, APA reports citing Sputnik.

According to him, the bonds between the two nations are very strong, but South Korea is a wealthy country and should increase its defence spending.

​Esper also noted that both allies have to remain flexible with their plans on joint military exercises in order to support their diplomatic efforts with North Korea.

South Korea previously agreed to increase its contribution to the United States Forces Korea (USFK) to $923 million in 2019, up from the $830 million Seoul provided in 2018.

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