Pyongyang, March 11 (KCNA) — The commander of the U.S. forces in south Korea at a “hearing on the defense budget” held at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee cried out for pressurizing south Korea to increase the fund for the upkeep of the U.S. troops present there, sparking public furor, according to the south Korean MBC on March 7.
He blustered that how the south Korean side approaches the issue of the share of the fund for the upkeep of the U.S. troops there is a clear barometer showing whether it wants and respects their presence in south Korea or not. Explaining the plan to bolster up the south Korean forces, he disclosed that the construction project of a wharf capable of hosting a nuclear-powered carrier is also included in the plan for the construction project of a base for the 3rd fleet of the south Korean navy expected to be completed by the end of June this year.
The south Korean MBC commented that what the commander of the U.S. forces in south Korea uttered was nothing but a strong pressure upon the south Korean authorities to increase the fund for the upkeep of the U.S. troops.
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