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Malaysia to settle its problem with North Korea, says Dr M | Malaysia

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha right and Timothy Betts acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the U.S. Department of State stand for the media before their meeting at Foreign Mini Malaysia to settle its problem with North Korea, says Dr M | Malaysia
Bennie Garza | 13 February, 2019, 06:27

The US military arrived in South Korea to disarm Japan, which colonised the Korean peninsula from 1910-45, following its second world war defeat.

The new deal must still be approved by South Korea's parliament, but it would boost its contribution to 1.03 trillion won (687.68 million pounds) from 960 billion won in 2018. Also, the deal was originally going to be for five years, . but the US insisted on just one year. On Sunday, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said the countries signed a new deal.

While acknowledging lingering domestic criticism of the new deal and the need for parliamentary approval, Kang said the response had "been positive so far".

Some conservatives in South Korea voiced concerns over a weakening alliance with the United States amid a stalemate in negotiations with North Korea to deprive it of its nuclear weapons.

In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review a year ago, Dr Mahathir was reported to have said that Malaysia would reopen its embassy in Pyongyong and might re-establish its relationship with North Korea.

A top US commander said Tuesday that he has not seen any effort by North Korea to curtail its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks past year. USA officials demanded as much as $1.2 billion per year.

The production came in spite of nuclear talks with the USA led by the historic summit in Singapore last June.

Overall, the study says North Korea "rolled back the threat" researchers believed Pyongyang to pose in 2017.

United States Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines have been stationed in South Korea for over half a century, and the requirement for a robust alliance has never been greater.

A top US commander says he's seen little to no change in North Korea's military readiness or a slowdown in its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks past year.

Trump announced last week that he will sit down with Kim for a second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam in late February. After the meeting, Trump suspended major joint military exercises with South Korea. In those, the US had asked South Korea to pay the costs of operating strategic assets, but Seoul said those do not fall under the original scope of the allies cost-sharing agreements, which are meant mainly to pay for the salaries of South Koreans working at USA military bases in the country and costs related to facility construction and logistics.

Hecker said it was understandable that North Korea should have continued its weapons work, given that it had reached no specific agreement in the latest talks with the United States to stop that work.

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