Seoul’s chief negotiator for the defense cost-sharing agreement pledged he will do his “utmost” to conclude negotiations for the bilateral Special Measures Agreement (SMA) as he departed for Washington Thursday for talks with his U.S. counterpart.
The Korean and U.S. negotiators for the defense cost-sharing agreement held their first talks since the U.S. presidential election, agreeing to swiftly reach a “fair and mutually acceptable deal,” Seoul’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.
The U.S. State Department on Monday named Donna Welton as its new chief negotiator to the deadlocked defense cost-sharing talks with Seoul.
Former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said U.S. President Donald Trump has made a “clear implication” to President Moon Jae-in that withdrawal of American troops from Korea is a possibility.
James DeHart, the chief negotiator for defense cost-sharing with Korea, has been tapped by the United States as the new coordinator for the Arctic region, despite the absence of a deal between the two sides.
Democrats in the United States will push to "repair" Washington’s alliance with Seoul, according to a draft of the party’s 2020 platform that accuses U.S. President Donald Trump of trying to “extort” South Korea over defense cost-sharing.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun told a Senate panel Wednesday that he supports a “substantial” presence of U.S. troops in South Korea, but indicated the issue of burden-sharing must be resolved first.
U.S. President Donald Trump told governors in February that he doesn't like “dealing” with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and thinks South Koreans are "terrible people," according to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
U.S. President Donald Trump didn't want South Korean President Moon Jae-in to join him during his third meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in June 2019, according to John Bolton.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will cut the number of U.S. soldiers in Germany by about half, fueling concerns in Seoul he could make similar reductions to American troops in Korea.