Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Sung Kim and Republic of Korea
Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se signed the U.S. –ROK Special Measures
Agreement Feb. 2. The agreement will be submitted to U.S. and ROK
legislatures for ratification.
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander, United Nations Command, Combined
Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, participated in the signing
ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with Hwang Joon-Kook,
Ambassador for the Special Measures Agreement Negotiations; Deputy
Defense Minister for Policy Lt. Gen. Yoo Jeh-Seung; Maj. Gen.
Christopher Owens, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea; and other
dignitaries. The new five-year SMA establishes the framework for ROK
contributions to offset the costs associated with the stationing of U.S.
Forces Korea on the Korean Peninsula.
“The SMA strongly positions the Alliance to meet the call by Presidents
Obama and Park in their May 7, 2013, Joint Declaration to continue to
strengthen and adapt the U.S.-ROK Alliance to serve as a linchpin of
regional peace and stability,” said Kim.
Since 1991, Special Measures Agreements have served as a pillar of the
shared commitment to the defense of the Korean Peninsula by combined
U.S. and ROK forces. The majority of SMA funding is re-circulated
throughout the Korean economy via salaries and benefits paid to Korean
workers, supply and service contracts with Korean firms, and the
implementation of local construction work.
Under the new SMA, the ROK will provide 920 billion won, (approximately
$866.6 million) in 2014. The ROKG will continue to provide cost-sharing
support in the areas of labor, logistics and construction.