September 23, 2020

No reason for U.S. to keep troops in South Korea, North Korean media says

Commentary comes as U.S. army chief says Americans question troop deployment in "rich and wealthy" nations

North Korean externally-focused media on Tuesday said United States Forces Korea (USFK)'s presence on the Korean peninsula is not justifiable due to the inter-Korean military agreement of September 19, 2018, denouncing ongoing negotiations in defense cost-sharing between the U.S. and South Korea.

Uriminzokkiri — which primarily targets South Korean audiences — reported that the U.S. reportedly requested defense costs of around 4.7 to 5 billion dollars, which include expenses required to maintain and deploy U.S. strategic assets stationed abroad.