“In the absence of a signed ADM or a related bilateral agreement, the USFK may be forced to engage. Korean nationals do not start until April 1. The ROK position has been well received by the local public, but is almost no beginner for “real” negotiations. The confusing presentation of their position in the United States is equally problematic. In December 2019, the US chief negotiator publicly stated in Seoul: “As parties to the agreement, we can amend the agreement if we agree to do so together. As a result, the ADM Agreement has been updated and amended over the years. This statement, along with the U.S. characterization of its attitude as an extension of the previous ADM, is misleading, as “SMA” is not only an acronym for “Special Measures Agreement,” but also for the Special Measures Agreement with respect to Article 5 of the Agreement on Facilities and Territories and the Status of the United States Armed Forces in Korea (SOFA). Section 5 of SOFA deals only with “facilities and domains” for USFK. The U.S. statement of its position ignores the fact that, in seeking costs beyond “facilities and areas” such as training, equipment, and transportation, the U.S. must recognize that the current negotiations are inconsistent with the original spirit of the ADM. This gap gives the Government of the Republic of Korea flexibility on legal and procedural issues related to burden-sharing negotiations.
In a statement, the Pentagon said the deal meant South Korea would pay more than $200 million by the end of 2020 to fund 4,000 South Korean workers. The workers, mostly employed at U.S. bases, were placed on unpaid leave in April, resulting in a temporary agreement in June for South Korea to fund about 4,000. President Donald Trump has said South Korea should pay more and the differences have raised the prospect that he can insist that at least some U.S. troops be relieved, as he has done elsewhere. SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States The military will put nearly 9,000 South Korean workers on unpaid leave from April if no agreement is reached on sharing the costs of keeping 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea, it told the government. “South Korea and the United States have not yet reached an agreement on defense cost-sharing, despite ongoing consultations between high-level authorities,” South Korea`s foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday.