S. Korea balks at Trump’s push over more funds for U.S. troops

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

WASHINGTON — South Korea is re­sist­ing a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion de­mand for sharply higher pay­ments to de­fray the cost of bas­ing U.S. forces on its ter­ri­tory, rais­ing fears that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump might threaten a troop draw­down at a time of sen­si­tive diplo­macy on the Korean Penin­sula.

U.S. ne­go­tia­tors have sought a 50 per­cent in­crease in Seoul’s an­nual pay­ment, which last year was about $830 mil­lion, or about half of the es­ti­mated cost of host­ing 28,500 U.S. troops, ac­cord­ing to two U.S. of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the dis­cus­sions.

South Korea is ex­pected to make a coun­terof­fer this month.

The stand­off is strain­ing the al­liance as Trump plans a sec­ond sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to re­new the U.S. push for elim­i­na­tion of Py­ongyang’s nu­clear arse­nal.

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