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Coronavirus chews up South Korean defence budget

17th April 2020 - 23:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is having a global economic impact, and defence spending will not be immune. One of the earliest casualties is the South Korean defence budget, which will be slashed by KRW904.7 billion ($724 million).

The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) announced the cut in a 16 April statement. It described how KRW192.7 billion will be pared off the operating expenses budget, and another KRW712 billion from arms procurements and R&D.

The defence budget was set at KRW50.15 trillion when revealed last December, representing a 7.4% year-on-year increase. This MOEF announcement thus represents about a 2% reduction

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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