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The U.S. and South Korea get pleasure from many merits shape shut safeguard cooperation however the courting, even if no longer at present endangered, is transferring.

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S. ”26 The December 2002 ROK presidential election campaign raised questions about whether this high evaluation would continue. S. frequently, stoking “anti-American” sentiment (intentionally or otherwise) in an apparent effort to appeal to young Korean voters who want a more “equal” relationship with the United States. S. S. and South Korea. Such statements reinforced a general image of Roh—dating from his youthful days as an activist in Korea’s democracy movement when he _____________ 25 See, for example, his speech at the ROK Air Force Academy commencement ceremony on March 3, 1998, only a few weeks after becoming president, available at http://www.

S. presence further satisfies domestic critics seeking a more “equal” relationship between South Korea and the United States. S. S. presence. The Land Partnership Plan (LPP) signed in March 2002 is an important step toward meeting these two sets of objectives. S. S. S. S. forces in South Korea will move further in this direction. S. military presence to a more expeditionary, regional security orientation. S. S. military presence in South Korea. We hope that we could defend ourselves without depending on American troops in the near future.

S. force reductions while the nuclear issue remains unresolved with North Korea. Some believe that instituting such reductions in the absence of broader changes in North Korea will only strengthen Pyongyang’s refusal to deal with South Korea as a legitimate negotiating partner on security issues and weaken Seoul’s position vis-à-vis Pyongyang. Another concern has to do with the pace of the realignment. S. changes will require both immediate needs—such as improved communications and intelligence-gathering equipment, better counter-battery capability, enhanced mobility, transport, and air defenses—and long-term requirements that South Korea will have to meet.

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