S. Korea in dilemma over Hormuz deployment
By Jung Da-min
Korea is facing a dilemma over whether to participate in the U.S.-led naval coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, as tensions in the Middle East escalate in the wake of U.S. military action last week that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, and Iran’s consequent vows for “harsh revenge.”
Seoul has been considering participating in the maritime mission as a means to strengthen alliance with the U.S. and as a bargaining chip in the defense cost-sharing negotiations with Washington. But the surging tension is raising concerns that the participation would endanger Seoul’s relations with Tehran and threaten the safety of Korean residents in the Middle East.
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