S. Korea agrees to pay more for U.S. troops

The Hindu - - WORLD -

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.

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