A number of U.S. congresspeople and pundits on Seoul-Washington relations have voiced their opposition to the United States’ pressure on Korea to pay nearly five times more than its current contribution for the upkeep of American troops here as the allies fail to find a middle ground in the ongoing cost-sharing talks.In a joint op-ed published this week in The National Interest, a bimonthly international affairs magazine, Gen. Walter Sharp, former commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, and Thomas Byrne, president and CEO of The Korea Society, wrote, “There is too much at stake for the U.S. to ask for too much, and thus risking alienating a responsible and reliable ally.” Sharp and Byrne cited three main reasons why Washington shouldn’t be pressuring Seoul to pay as much as $5 billion in the next cost-sharing agreement, saying Seoul is the third-largest purchaser of U.S. military goods; Seoul is shouldering around 90 percent of the expenditure for the consolidation of U.S. bases south of the Han River in Seoul to Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi; and Seoul is increasing its defense burden, outpacing the levels of other countries that the United States has bases in.“South Korea is the third-largest purchaser of… Read full this story
U.S. experts oppose cost-sharing increase have 222 words, post on koreajoongangdaily.joins.com at November 23, 2019. This is cached page on Asean Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.