South Korea rebuffs Trump’s $1 billion use-charge for a US missile-defense system
Trump said that he wanted South Korea to pay for the anti-missile defense system, which he estimates to cost $1 billion, and also intended to renegotiate or terminate a free-trade pact with the country because of a “deep trade decificit,” Reuters reported.
When asked when he planned on renegotiating the “horrible” trade agreement, he said, “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.”
However, South Korea’s defense ministry rebuffed Trump’s remarks, saying that there was no shift in the “basic position” and that the US should pay the cost of installing and operating the THAAD, as stated in the Status of Forces Agreement, Yonhap News reported on Friday. The defense ministry reiterated that South Korea merely provides land and supporting facilities for the THAAD.