US, South Korea reach cost-sharing agreement on American troops

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The United States and South Korea have reached a cost-sharing agreement for American troops stationed in the East Asian country, including an increase in Seoul’s share of the expenses. The proposed “Special Measures Agreement” is a six-year deal and will replace the previous arrangement that expired at the end of 2019. There are about 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea for what Washington calls deterrence against North Korea. Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s foreign minister, asserted that “both sides will make a public announcement and hold a tentative signing ceremony after completing internal reporting procedures.”

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