Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says US-S. Korea talks on defense payment begin

Trump says US-S. Korea talks on defense payment begin

South Korea and the USA agreed to proceed with the issue in a "rational and fair direction". adding the two sides plan to discuss the finer details in the negotiations.

Despite the high-profile meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the country continues to break sanctions by buying WMD-related items and luxury goods, and is enhancing its nuclear and missile program, the United Nations claimed.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival for a welcome and family photo session at G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019.

The DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Tuesday noting that the undertaking of these exercises violates agreements signed by Pyongyang with both countries.

Pyongyang on Tuesday fired two projectiles that "are assumed to be short-range ballistic missiles" into the sea, the fourth pair fired in less than two weeks, and the North has threatened more.

The DPRK has reiterated on several occasions that its nuclear programme is defensive in the face of threats from the United States and its allies.

"Talks have begun to further increase payments to the United States". It declined to comment further on Trump's tweets.

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Peacetime requires a lot of coordination between the two forces, says Kanishkan Sathasivam, an expert on North Korea's Nuclear Weapons and a professor of International Relations at Salem State University in MA.

Trump tweeted this morning that previous year "South Korea paid $990,000,000". So they've agreed to pay a lot more and they will agree to pay a lot more than that. Normally the agreement has been for five years.

He said that USA forces stationed in South Korea help stabilize the region and support the interests of the United States.

At his Senate confirmation hearing last month, Esper noted that Trump has continuously called on "rich" allies to contribute more for the US troops stationed in their countries.

It helps Pyongyang shift the blame for the postponement of the working-level talks on to Seoul and Washington, and to pressure South Korea to make concessions regarding inter-Korean economic projects if Seoul wants to maintain the peace.

He said politically it would be tough for President Moon because he would not be able to get get the National Assembly to pay extra for increased burden-sharing and would come from a reduction in other things already planned.

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