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U.S. has asked S. Korea to pay $1.3 bln in shared defense costs: official

All News 02:46 May 08, 2020

By Lee Haye-ah

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Yonhap) -- The United States has asked South Korea to pay US$1.3 billion a year for the stationing of American troops on the peninsula, an increase of nearly 50 percent from last year, a senior Trump administration official said Thursday.

The new figure represents a cutback from the $5 billion initially sought by the U.S., but almost four times the increase South Korea offered in its latest proposal.

The official told Yonhap News Agency the U.S. request was "quite reasonable."

This photo, provided by Seoul's foreign ministry, shows Jeong Eun-bo (L), South Korea's chief negotiator for the Special Measures Agreement, and his U.S. counterpart, James DeHart, ahead of negotiations in Los Angeles on March 17, 2020. (No resales. No archiving) (Yonhap)

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