It is reported that James D. Hart, the United States Department of State’s Defense Cost Contribution Negotiation Representative (Senior Aide/Photo) is expected to step down this month. The US-Korea negotiating group’s working deal was rejected by US President Donald Trump in April and the US negotiating representative was replaced.
According to diplomatic sources familiar with US-Korea affairs on the 3rd, the US authorities recently reported that the deputy representative resigned later this month to the Korean government. He was resigned from the post of president for 10 months after being appointed as the negotiating representative on September 2nd last year. Dehart has been negotiating with the Korean negotiating team seven times since October last year to sign the 11th Special Defense Agreement on Defense Costs (SMA).
The diplomatic respondents say that the resignation of Dhart’s resignation is unusual, compared to the fact that the representative of the Defense Cost Sharing Negotiation has been guaranteed for more than one year. Former three-year-old former representative of Dehart, Timothy Betz, also led defense negotiations for three years. It has been analyzed that, despite the resignation of Dhart, the defense cost-sharing negotiations have already passed the revised deadline for more than half a year.
Previously, the ROK-US negotiating group tentatively agreed to increase the total defense cost by 13% compared to the previous year (1.38 trillion won) and apply a 7-8% annual increase rate by 2024, but President Trump made $1.3 billion in a one-year contract. (About 1.59 trillion won) was said to have been proposed as a counter-offer, and it stymied the negotiations.
Some analysts say that Trump’s administration is in the midst of a long-term negotiation with a view to prolonging negotiations, while President Trump, who is ahead of the November presidential election, is adhering to a policy to increase defense spending every day. Currently, the US and the United States have turned off the emergency fire by agreeing on a way to pay the labor costs for Korean workers in the United States Forces Korea, who entered unpaid leave from April 2nd (local time) last month. There is also an observation that the ROK-US authorities can speed up the last minute negotiations and rule out the possibility of negotiating a defense-sharing deficit just before the replacement of Dehart. However, a diplomatic source said, “(Korea) is negotiating with the US government rather than with one individual, so even if the US representative is replaced, there will be no significant change in the negotiation phase.”
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