January 28, 2020

U.S. Military Sends Furlough Warnings to Civilian Korean Staff
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. military has begun issuing furlough warnings to almost 9,000 civilian South Korean employees, as Washington and Seoul remain at loggerheads over President Donald Trump’s demand its ally pay more money for its hosting of American troops.The notices inform workers at American military facilities in South Korea that they potentially face administrative furloughs as of April 1, according to a statement issued Wednesday by U.S. Forces Korea.The two sides remain deadlocked, although U.S. officials have indicated they’ve backed off Trump’s initial demand that South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in’s government pay about $5 billion a year for U.S. forces stationed there. That’s more than five times the $900 million in a stopgap one-year agreement that expired on Dec. 31. South Korea has said there is quite “a big difference in principle” between the two sides.“Without the Republic of Korea’s continued commitment to share the cost of employing our Korean National workforce, USFK will soon exhaust programmed funds available to pay their salaries and wages,” the notice said.Trump’s push for South Korea to contribute much more money for what is known as the Special Measures Agreement has put the alliance under strain at a time when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime has said it would no longer be bound by its previous promise to halt testing of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.National DefenseThe union for the South Korean workers has said that operations at the bases would be completely paralyzed if there were massive furloughs.Workers to be directly impacted by such notices have offered to work without pay out of concern over how the situation could harm South Korea’s national defense, according to Son Gi-o, a representative of the U.S. Forces Korea Korean Employees Union, who called for a deal to be reached soon.“You can’t put a pause in defending your own country,” Son said in an interview, adding that U.S. government officials “wouldn’t have made such a decision if it had a direct impact on a military base in their own land.”John Rood, U.S. undersecretary for defense for policy, told the House Armed Services Committee that he expected the alliance between the two countries to remain firm despite the differences in funding, and said the South Korean negotiators were “no pushovers.”“We have to recommit ourselves to maintaining the ironclad nature of that alliance and try to manage that in a way where we can steer this to a successful conclusion,” Rood said.Still, Committee Chairman Adam Smith, a Democrat, said he worried that the Trump administration’s approach “could potentially jeopardize our relationship with South Korea.”People familiar with the discussions say American negotiators have shifted their position as they seek to offer a justification for a far bigger price tag.After initially suggesting South Korea could make more purchases of U.S. defense equipment, the Trump administration is now focused on other elements, such as asking the country to pay more for temporary troop rotations. Another demand is for South Korea to spend more on capabilities that would allow it to take full operational control of joint forces in wartime.Moon is facing parliamentary elections in April and is wary of the political fallout if he agrees to a hefty increase, which has little support in his camp and among his country’s general public. South Korea decided this month to send a naval unit to the Strait of Hormuz, answering a U.S. call for greater international security commitments in the region.(Adds committee testimony and details throughout)\--With assistance from Jon Herskovitz.To contact the reporter on this story: Jihye Lee in Seoul at jlee2352@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Jon Herskovitz, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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