In South Korea, Biden Ends Trump’s Feud Over Military Cost-Sharing

MIN READMar 9, 2021 | 17:32 GMT

A man waves U.S. and South Korean flags during a ceremony in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on June 8, 2019.

A man waves U.S. and South Korean flags during a military ceremony in June 2019.

(JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

The completion of a long-term, military cost-sharing deal resolves a point of tension between the United States and South Korea, signaling a renewed U.S. emphasis on regional allies. But it still leaves thornier bilateral defense issues and shifting U.S. priorities in the region, which will change the U.S.-South Korea defense relationship over the next ten years. On March 8, U.S. and South Korean negotiators reached an agreement in principle on the renewal of their military cost-sharing Special Measures Agreement (SMA) after three successive days of talks in Washington, South Korea's Foreign Ministry announced March 8. The U.S. State Department said on March 7 that the agreement would extend through 2025 and include a "meaningful increase" in South Korea's share of the expenses to support U.S. troop deployments in the country....

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