US approves possible foreign military sale to S. Korea

WASHINGTON, The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of USD 800 million, Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Wednesday.

The Agency said in a statement that it has delivered today the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

It affirmed that this proposed sale “will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by meeting the legitimate security and defense needs of one of the closest allies in the INDOPACOM Theater.” “The Republic of Korea is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific and a key partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in that region.

It is vital to US national interests to assist the Republic of Korea in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability,” it stressed.

Earlier, Trump tweeted that South Korea “has agreed to pay substantially more money to the United States in order to defend itself from North Korea. Over the past many decades, the US has been paid very little by South Korea, but last year, at the request of President Trump, South Korea paid USD 990,000,000.” He added “talks have begun to further increase payments to the United States. South Korea is a very wealthy nation that now feels an obligation to contribute to the military defense provided by the United States of America. The relationship between the two countries is a very good one!” He also told reporters at the White House earlier “we’ve got 32,000 soldiers on South Korean soil, and we’ve been helping them for about 82 years. And we get nothing.

We get virtually nothing. And South Korea and I have made a deal where they’re paying a lot more money, and they’re going to pay a lot more money. And the relationship is a very good one.” He reiterated “I felt for years it was a very unfair one. So they’ve agreed to pay a lot more, and they will agree to pay a lot more than that. And we’re with them.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency