Military leaders in Seoul have come to the conclusion that they need to make a decision about whether to agree to South Korea and the U.S. offer of a $1.9 billion military aid package, sources familiar with the discussions told Axios.
South Korea is expected to provide $1 billion, while the U, under pressure from North Korea, wants $2 billion.
The offer, announced Tuesday, comes amid mounting tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.
But military leaders have been increasingly hesitant to negotiate with North Korea in the past few weeks amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula, as Pyongyang continues to launch ballistic missiles and test-fire nuclear weapons.
The Pentagon and the South Korean military are expected to meet later this month in an effort to finalize a new package that would provide billions of dollars in additional aid to the South and the United States to counter the North Korean threat.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been pushing for the aid package for months, with his administration arguing that the U and the North should work together to counter threats posed by the rogue state.
South Korea has said that the United Nations Security Council will meet in December to discuss the proposal.
The South Korean government is expected eventually to take up the aid proposal at the United Nation General Assembly, but it could be a while before that happens, as the North continues to escalate its threats.