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Gov't mulls cutting more defense spending to fund extra budget over coronavirus

Defense 11:42 May 12, 2020

SEOUL, May 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is considering more cuts to the defense budget to fund a third round of extra spending to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a government source said Tuesday.

The finance ministry recently submitted the amount it is pushing to cut from defense spending this year for the extra budget the government plans to announce next month, according to the source.

The amount is reportedly around 700 billion won (US$570 million), though it is subject to change as discussions are under way over the details of the budget restructuring.

"The government is considering restructuring the expenditure to fund a third extra budget," defense ministry spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo told a regular press briefing. "But details, such as its size or which businesses to be impacted, are yet to be decided."

The government has already cut 1.47 trillion of defense spending to fund the second extra budget.

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