Japan and South Korea spend a combined $2.5 billion for the US forces stationed in the two nations as of 2016.
US president-elect Donald Trump claims that the allies are ‘freeloading’ on defense and could foreshadow bumpy negotiations over sharing the cost of stationing US forces in Japan and South Korea, Korea Herald reported.
As of 2016, South Korea pays about 944.1 billion won ($808 million) for the US Forces Korea, which covers for a little less than half of its estimated operating costs.
Japan, which hosts more US troops of some 54,000 in military personnel alone, agreed in 2015 to spend about 189.9 billion yen (US $1.75 billion) annually, according to the US Department of Defense.
South Korea allocates 2.5 percent of its defense budget to USFK operating costs, compared to Japan’s 3.8 percent.
In the prospect of Trump’s impact on the decades-old alliance between the two countries, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo met Thursday with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Lee Sun-jin and Parliamentary Defense Committee Chairman Rep. Kim Young-woo.
Han voiced his confidence that Trump will change his views on the cost-sharing, once he learns of its specifics.
South Korea on Monday will tentatively sign a bilateral pact with Japan early next week about sharing military intelligence on North Korea. South Korea has plans to go ahead, despite strong objections from opposition parties,
South Korea plans to set up a task force to help push forward major defense agreements with the new Donald Trump administration in the US. South Korean authorities would attempt to achieve close cooperation with those lawmakers in Trumps administration who are responsible for introducing changes in US defense policy with regard to South Korea, Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun was quoted as saying by
South Korean Navy is planning to conduct an exercise, involving 10 warships, including 7,600-ton Aegis-equipped Sejong the Great destroyer, P-3 maritime patrol aircraft and fighter jets. The exercise that runs from Friday till Tuesday is aimed at countering possible missile attacks from North Korean submarines in East Sea,
The Republic of Korea Navy on Wednesday took delivery of 2,300 ton frigate, named Gwangju, the sixth and last ship in the first batch of the Navy's newest Incheon-class frigates. The frigate is expected to be deployed on patrols starting March next year after undergoing five months of operational sea trials, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said, Yonhap reports
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) plans to launch Kirameki-2 satellite, one of the three military satellites to replace civil analogues currently in use for communication between Japanese military units. The Japanese Ministry of Defense plans to launch its first satellite into orbit on January 24, 2017, to improve military communications infrastructure amid North Korea nuclear and military threats, Sputnik cited local media quoting unnamed military source as saying Friday
The Japanese government is likely to include an approximate $9 billion (¥1 trillion) in its third supplementary budget for the fiscal 2016 as part of its investment of its missile defense system in response to North Korean ballistic missile launches. The government intends to compile a total supplementary budget of around ¥1 trillion, excluding economic stimulus measures,
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