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Defense chief Mark Esper: 'Wealthy' South Korea should pay more for U.S. protection


Added 11-15-19 11:22:02am EST - “Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Friday stood by the Trump administration's demand that South Korea pay more for U.S. military protection, saying the "wealthy" country is fully capable of ponying up additional money to cover the…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Defense chief Mark Esper: ‘Wealthy’ South Korea should pay more for U.S. protection”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Friday stood by the Trump administration’s demand that South Korea pay more for U.S. military protection, saying the “wealthy” country is fully capable of ponying up additional money to cover the costs of the 28,500 American troops stationed there.

Speaking after meetings with top officials in Seoul, Mr. Esper said South Korea “is a wealthy country and could and should pay more” for U.S. forces.

“It is crucial that we conclude [negotiations] … with increased burden-sharing by the Republic of Korea before the end of the year,” Mr. Esper said, according to Reuters.

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The Trump administration in February struck a new deal with Seoul that increased South Korea’s contribution to about $924 million this year, up from about $830 million in 2018.

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