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USFK submits plan on use of Seoul-paid defense funds

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. forces in South Korea have recently come up with a plan on how to spend the large amount of unused Seoul-contributed defense funds, a government report showed Thursday, amid a simmering controversy over the issue. United States Forces Korea (USFK) currently sits on an unused Seoul-contributed fund of 621 billion won (US$598.7 million), or 77 percent of what Seoul has earmarked for this year's cost of stationing the American troops here.

USFK has large amount of unused Seoul-contributed defense cost: data

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. forces stationed here had an unused, Seoul-contributed defense fund of more than 600 billion won (US$567 million) as of January, though the amounted declined from five months earlier, government data showed Thursday. The unspent defense cost for United States Forces Korea (USFK) came to 621 billion won as of the end of January, down some 90 billion won from the end of August in 2013, according to the data by the foreign ministry.

USFK has large amount of unused Seoul-contributed defense cost: data

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. forces stationed here had an unused, Seoul-contributed defense fund of more than 600 billion won (US$567 million) as of January, though the amounted declined from five months earlier, government data showed Thursday. The unspent defense cost for United States Forces Korea (USFK) came to 621 billion won as of the end of January, down some 90 billion won from the end of August in 2013, according to the data by the foreign ministry.

S. Korean workers for USFK plan to strike in late April

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korean workers employed by U.S. forces here plan to stage a general strike later this month to protest a wage freeze and demand improvement in working conditions, their union said Wednesday. The workers' union said that they will walk off their jobs and hold nationwide rallies around April 21 to coincide with U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to South Korea. The strike is subject to a vote by unionized workers.

S. Korean workers for USFK plan to strike in late April

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korean workers employed by U.S. forces here plan to stage a general strike later this month to protest a wage freeze and demand improvement in working conditions, their union said Wednesday. The workers' union said that they will walk off their jobs and hold nationwide rallies around April 21 to coincide with U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to South Korea. The strike is subject to a vote by unionized workers.

Chief of U.S. Navy Korea wants more female officers to follow her suit

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti said she has come a long way to serve as the first female commander in the U.S. Navy in Korea and hopes to see more talented women in uniform follow her suit to take leadership roles in the military. Franchetti told Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) candidates at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul about her Navy career starting from the Naval ROTC program at Northwestern University to lead 450 U.S. sailors and Marines in South Korea.

Chief of U.S. Navy Korea wants more female officers to follow her suit

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti said she has come a long way to serve as the first female commander in the U.S. Navy in Korea and hopes to see more talented women in uniform follow her suit to take leadership roles in the military. Franchetti told Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) candidates at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul about her Navy career starting from the Naval ROTC program at Northwestern University to lead 450 U.S. sailors and Marines in South Korea.

Seoul, Washington resume talks to renew defense cost-share pact

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States resumed their negotiations on sharing the cost of keeping American troops here on Tuesday, but a still-unbridgeable gap over the size of Seoul's contributions is expected to cause the talks to drag on further. The allies kicked off last week the current round of negotiations, the ninth of their kind since July, to renew the current five-year Special Measure Agreement (SMA) but have made little progress.

Talks on USFK bill feared to continue into early next year

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States may extend their on-going talks on sharing the cost of stationing American forces here into early next year due to a major difference over Seoul's contribution, sources said Sunday. The ninth round of the Seoul-Washington talks to renew the Special Measure Agreement on splitting the costs of keeping United States Forces Korea (USFK) ended without progress in Seoul last week.

S. Korea, U.S. begin defense cost-sharing talks for final conclusion

S. Korea, U.S. begin defense cost-sharing talks for final conclusion SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the United States began the ninth round of senior-level talks to reach a final conclusion on how to share costs for the U.S. 28,500 troops stationed here, local media reported Tuesday. The ninth round of negotiations for the five-year Special Measures Agreement (SMA) were held in Seoul after the prior eight rounds of talks failed to narrow differences between Seoul and Washington.
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