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Defense Chief Mark Esper: 'Wealthy' South Korea Should Pay More for U.S. Protection


November 20, 2019

By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times - Friday, November 15, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Friday stood by the Trump administration’s demand that South Korea pay more for U.S. military protection, saying the “wealthy” country is fully capable of ponying up additional money to cover the costs of the 28,500 American troops stationed there.

Speaking after meetings with top officials in Seoul, Mr. Esper said South Korea “is a wealthy country and could and should pay more” for U.S. forces.

“It is crucial that we conclude [negotiations] … with increased burden-sharing...

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