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Sun Jan 13, 2019, 03:06 PM

31. A Looming Threat to US South Korea Alliance

A Looming Threat to US South Korea Alliance
the Hill David Maxwell 1/4

The alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States may be about to go off the rails. Two critical events occurred in December 2018 that do not bode well for the future of this crucial alliance. First, talks between the ROK and U.S. governments collapsed without reaching a new Special Measures Agreement (SMA) to fund U.S. troops on the Peninsula before the current deal expired on December 31...

...Trump seems not to recognize that the ROK makes significant contributions to its own defense. In 2017, 2.7 percent of its GDP went to defense a higher percentage than any member of NATO except the U.S...


Beyond this the South Korean people paid almost the entire bill for the new USFK headquarters at Camp Humphreys, the largest US military base outside the US at a cost of billions.

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https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/423756-a-looming-threat-to-the-us-south-korea-alliance

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