S. Korea agrees to pay more for U.S. troops
Officials signed a shortterm agreement on Sunday to boost South Korea’s contribution toward the upkeep of U.S. troops on the peninsula, after a previous deal lapsed amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for the South to pay more.
About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, where the U.S. has maintained a military presence since the Korean War. The deal would boost Seoul’s contribution to 1.03 trillion won ($890 million) from 960 billion won in 2018. Unlike past agreements, this one is scheduled to expire in a year, forcing both sides back to the bargaining table within months.