Gov’t Prepares for Trump’s Call for More Contribution for USFK

The Defense Ministry has assessed that the incoming U.S. government will request Seoul to pay more costs related to the deployment of U.S. troops in South Korea.

The ministry made the assessment Monday in a report on defense policy changes expected during the incoming Donald Trump administration.

The report said that the next U.S. government will request Seoul to expand its role and capacity while respecting the strategic value of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.

The report also said that in terms of North Korea policy, the new U.S. government is expected to reevaluate the Obama administration's strategic patience.

It also predicted that the Trump administration may actively seek various ways to sanction and pressure Pyongyang while leaving open the possibility of holding dialogue if conditions are met.

The report also said that the incoming government will underline China's role and active efforts in resolving the North's nuclear issue.

The ministry said it will work to strengthen communication with the transition committee, Congress officials and U.S. think tanks on the Seoul-Washington alliance and key issues around the end of next January when the new government will launch.

Source: KBS World Radio