The good thing with South Korea is they don't b*tch around, don't give terms where and how to use it like some hypocrites*. It's a tank, a machine of war how does it sound to you when you buy a brandnew car and the dealer tells you "you can't use it offroad and don't pass X speed limits, otherwise..."
For example Poland if i remember correct were "kicked" out of the French-German MBT project, afterwards started talks with South Korea who btw. delivered the Tanks in a ridiculous short time. * likes to play around, delaying the deliveries of parts or even play the moral card (for weapons systems btw.).
I would favour military/defence cooperation with South Korea over Europe anyday.
You have to keep in mind for the past 300 years the permier European nations had their way with everything, they are continuing to behave this way without realising that Asia is probably the future. Koreans with tanks, Turks with drones, etc step by step their monopolies are being chipped away. The moment an Asian power is able to build fighter jets at the level of the USA and things change again.