Trump: South Korea should pay 'substantially more' for defense costs

Trump: South Korea should pay 'substantially more' for defense costs
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE said Wednesday that South Korea should pay more money to the United States, arguing Americans pay too much to cover its ally's defense costs.

Trump also said in the tweet that talks have already begun with South Korea on increasing the $990 million it now pays the U.S. for defense. 

The president said South Korea should pay "substantially more money to the United States" for the country's help defending it from North Korea. 

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"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," Trump wrote. 

 

South Korea did not immediately respond to Trump's remarks, according to Reuters.

Wednesday's tweet follows a Tuesday missile launch that North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea replaces its foreign minister: report Brent Budowsky: The patriotic duty of Senate Republicans US ambassador: 'I was personally surprised' North Korea did not send 'Christmas gift' MORE reportedly called a "warning" to the U.S. and South Korea over planned joint military exercises. 

Burden sharing between the United States and South Korea is likely to be discussed as Defense Secretary Mike Esper visits the country on Wednesday.

Ellen Mitchell contributed.