S. Korea to hike pay for US troops

The Asian Age - - World -

Seoul: Seoul said on Sun­day it agreed to hike its pay­ment for main­tain­ing US troops on its soil by 8.2 per cent to $ 924 mil­lion, set­tling a dis­pute with its ally ahead of a sec­ond sum­mit be­tween the US and North Korea. The two coun­tries were in a se­cu­rity al­liance since the 1950- 53 Korean war, which ended with an ar­mistice rather than a peace treaty — with more than 28,000 US troops sta­tioned in the South to guard against threats from Py­ongyang. But US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has re­peat­edly com­plained about the ex­pense of keep­ing Amer­i­can forces on the penin­sula, with Washington re­port­edly ask­ing Seoul to dou­ble its con­tri­bu­tion to­ward costs.

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