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Sma Agreement

Although the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have made some progress in the negotiations on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA), they do not appear to be prepared for real negotiations. The fundamental positions of the two countries remain very different: the United States wants a negotiated agreement that reflects the total costs related to ROK defense beyond the existing SMA, including transportation, training and equipment for the United States Armed Forces of Korea (USFK), while the ROK strives to maintain the current framework of the SMA, which includes only three categories: Labor cost for Korean workers in USFK, logistics costs, and construction costs for USFK. 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. Protect your investment and keep your business safe with a software maintenance contract. The United States will host the Republic of Korea (ROK) from October 22-24 in Honolulu, Hawaii, for consultations on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA). The SMA, a kind of burden-sharing agreement, is the mechanism by which the Republic of Korea shares the costs of the U.S. armed forces for the defense of the Republic of Korea. The United States has had ASMOs with the Republic of Korea since 1991 and this new agreement will replace the current ADM, which expires at the end of 2019. . .

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