Seoul and Washington formally signed the 11th Special Measures Agreement Thursday, a six-year defense cost-sharing deal, after 18 months of negotiations.
China has a "critical role” to play in persuading North Korea to denuclearize, stressed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, while simultaneously calling out Beijing for actions that threaten regional stability in a press conference Thursday.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin touched down in Seoul Wednesday, kicking off the first such joint visit to the country in 11 years to coordinate North Korea policy and work on alliance issues.
Seoul and Washington agreed to a six-year defense cost-sharing deal, with Korea paying 1.1833 trillion won ($1.037 billion) in 2021, an unprecedented 13.9 percent increase from the previous year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed Wednesday.
Korea and the United States reached agreement on defense cost-sharing Sunday after 18 months of wrangling and threats by the Donald Trump administration to charge Seoul up to $5 billion per year.
Korea and the United States will kick off a scaled-down springtime military exercise Monday, which will continue for nine days, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Sunday.
Resolving South Korea’s relations with Japan to strengthen the Korea-U.S. alliance is emerging as the key variable in reviving the Moon Jae-in administration’s Korean Peninsula peace process initiative, according to diplomatic sources Thursday.
New Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong said Tuesday that complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a goal shared between Seoul and Washington and a “key task that cannot be delayed any further.”
President Moon Jae-in sent a congratulatory message to newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden, stressing Korea’s commitment to “unwavering coordination” with the United States, said the Blue House Thursday.
According to a group of 34 foreign affairs and security experts surveyed by the JoongAng Ilbo, only one responded that the Biden administration could consider partially easing sanctions on North Korea for the sake of improving inter-Korean relations