Trump again mentions US-South Korea defense cost-sharing… “If it were me, it would be $5 billion” :: Empathy Media Newsis News Agency ::

“Korea hasn’t really paid for years”
“Kim Jong-un doesn’t seem to like Biden very much.”

[그린빌=AP/뉴시스] Former President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Republican Party event in Greenville, North Carolina, USA on May 5, 2019. 2021.06.07.
[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Nam Bit-nara = Former U.S. President Donald Trump, who is showing signs of resuming his political activities, mentioned the ROK-U.S. defense cost-sharing in his second public speech after leaving office. The proposal to raise South Korea’s defense cost-sharing is an issue that former President Trump has been obsessed with throughout his tenure.

In the video of former President Trump’s speech at the Republican Party event in Greenville, North Carolina on the 5th, posted on the C-SPAN website on the 6th (local time), Trump mentioned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the issue of defense costs between the US and North Korea.

“Korea hasn’t really paid anything for years,” he said. “According to my contract, they had to pay billions of dollars.” He said if he had been re-elected, “it would have happened already.”

He added that South Korea wanted a five-year agreement, but he proposed a monthly one.

He said at the time to South Korea, “Why do we have to protect you? You took our television industry, you’re not paying for military protection, building ships and making everything to make money.”

He also claimed that if he had been re-elected and led the negotiations, he would have received “at least $5 billion (about 5.58 trillion won)” from South Korea.

He said the United States had protected South Korea for “85 years.” No basis was provided for the figure of 85 years. The USFK was established 64 years ago in 1957.

Former President Trump refused to approve the Special Measures Agreement (SMA), arguing that South Korea would have to pay $5 billion in defense cost-sharing, five times more than before. Accordingly, after the 10th SMA expired at the end of 2019, the two countries did not reach an SMA for over a year. In March, after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the two countries agreed to sign the 11th SMA to 1.18 trillion won, up 13.9 percent.

In addition, former President Trump said that a nuclear war with North Korea was unavoidable when he took office in 2017. Regarding Chairman Kim, whom he met three times during his tenure, “I got along well with him.”

He also boasted that he dealt well with Chairman Kim, who is “a different kind of person” from the average person, stating that Chairman Kim “looks like he doesn’t like President Biden very much.”

Regarding the meeting with Chairman Kim, he said to the effect that he “gived nothing” to North Korea. “It’s just a trip back and forth on an airplane,” he added. It is interpreted as a remark implying that the US-DPRK summit in Singapore and Hanoi did not have much meaning.

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