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The 51st ROK-US Security Meeting held at Yongsan, Seoul.

한미 사령부 51회 한미국방장관회견 마무리

 

The 51st Security Consultative Meeting between South Korea and the United States was held at the Ministry of National Defense today.

 

The Minster of National Defense Jeong Kyeong Doo (정경두) and the US Defense Secretary Mark Esper discussed matters relating to Koreas current status including extension of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), the payment of military expenses for stationing American troops, North Koreas denuclearization and more.

 

Esper expressed his worries of the expiration of the GSOMIA as its termination will only be of benefit to North Korea and China. He urged Korea to work together with Japan to renew the military information-sharing pact.

 

Also, the surprise increase of the defense cost-sharing deal, the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) was one of the meeting topics. Esper, without saying an exact amount, remarked the demanded amount is expected to be paid and it is important for the two allies to conclude negotiations by the end of this year. He also added that 90 percent of the funding will stay in the Peninsula.

 

For questions about North Korea, Jeong said The two allies shared countermeasures against NKs recent missile launch. The US insisted that to prepare for nuclear missile threats from NK, the US, Korea and even Japan need to coorporate for improved security.

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