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`US defense budget cuts not to raise Seoul`s cost burden`

`US defense budget cuts not to raise Seoul`s cost burden`

Posted March. 19, 2013 07:04,   


U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday that the defense budget cut resulting from Washington’s sequester will not affect negotiations with South Korea on sharing the cost of stationing U.S. forces in South Korea.

In a news conference at the American Center Korea in Seoul, Carter denied plans to discuss raising the South’s share of the budget for U.S. forces in South Korea from 42 percent to 50 percent. He made it clear that though a major cut is expected in the U.S. defense budget, it will not affect the combat readiness of U.S. troops in South Korea or related budget.

In talks with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, Carter said, “The U.S. has been steadfastly reconfirming the importance of its defense commitment to South Korea and the South Korea-U.S. alliance in line with Washington’s strategy to rebalance the Asia-Pacific.” The South Korean Defense Ministry quoted Carter as saying at the meeting, “The U.S. reaffirms its existing defense pledge to strengthen extended deterrence for South Korea by mobilizing military capability in all categories, including the nuclear umbrella, conventional attack capability and missile defense.”

In a related move, Seoul and Washington will conduct flight training involving B-52 bombers on the Korean Peninsula from Tuesday.