Trump Says Seoul Agreed to Pay the US More for its Defense


"Over the past many decades, the USA has been paid very little by South Korea, but a year ago, at the request of President Trump, South Korea paid $990,000,000", Trump posted on Twitter.

The still hoping to hold another round of nuclear talks with North Korea despite the country's recent missile tests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in South Korea on Thursday for talks that are expected to focus on a series of requests Washington has been making to Seoul, including a greater financial contribution to the cost of stationing American troops here.

Sathasivam explained that Trump wants "to cut back on USA military commitments worldwide, wants to eventually come to some agreement on a withdrawal of U.S. forces from SK and leaving it to the South Koreans to defend themselves".

Trump has repeatedly said Seoul should bear more of the burden of keeping some 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea, where the United States has had a military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The row had raised concern that Trump might use it as an excuse to withdraw United States troops. Last week, North Korea conducted two test firings of what it described as a new rocket artillery system.

She also said the two sides will exchange views on key issues concerning the South Korea-U.S. alliance, including a condition-based transfer of wartime operational control from Washington to Seoul.

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North Korea has denounced the United States and South Korea about their joint military exercises. This indicates that Pyongyang does not intend to sit idle while the United States and its allies not only increase their sanctions pressure on the DPRK, but have signalled that they haven't abandoned a more traditional method of pressure - using force.

'We get virtually nothing, ' Trump said of the 28,500 USA soldiers stationed in South Korea. Moon, a progressive, was elected in May 2017 after a decade of conservative rule in South Korea.

But on Tuesday U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Trump was keeping a close watch on the North Korean launches.

The aircraft will be used to bolster the South Korean Navy's anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities as well as for search and rescue operations, the Pentagon's Defense Security and Cooperation Agency said in a statement. "We are mindful that when we came in there was nuclear testing taking place".

"Kim Jong Un noted that the said military action would be an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the US and South Korean authorities", KCNA reported. Trump also pledged a suspension of major military exercises with South Korea.

Kim's commitment at his first summit with Trump a year ago remains intact, National Security Advisor John Bolton said this week.