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South Korea Signs Deal To Pay More For US Troops After Trump's Demand

South Korea and the US have finally reached an agreement on this year's defense cost sharing deal, with Seoul's financial contribution for the stationing of some 28-thousand American troops on the Korean Peninsula at 9-hundred-24 million USA dollars.

Most US troops were withdrawn in 1949 but they returned the next year to fight alongside South Korea in the 1950-53 Korean war.

"The United States government realizes that South Korea does a lot for our alliance and for peace and stability in this region", he said. "The SMA is only a small part of that". Betts also said the U.S.is pleased with the results, acknowledging Seoul's contribution to the alliance.

The disagreement had raised the prospect that Trump could decide to withdraw at least some troops from South Korea, as he has in other countries like Syria.

The burden-sharing talks were a test for Trump's insistence that US allies should pay more for their own defense. But he insists that troop numbers are not part of the equation in nuclear talks with the North.

Their first summit in Singapore last June resulted in Kim's vague commitment to "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", a term that his propaganda machine previously used when it argued it would only denuclearise after the United States withdraws its troops from South Korea.

South and North Korea marched together at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and fielded a unified women's ice hockey team.

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Many analysts expressed concern he may make a similar gesture in his upcoming talks with Kim.

After the June meeting, Trump announced a halt to joint military exercises with South Korea, saying they were expensive and paid for mostly by the United States.

North Korea hates the drills, which it considers a rehearsal for an invasion.

The agreement has yet to be ratified by South Korean lawmakers, which is a necessary step before the deal's terms go into effect, the BBC reported. On Sunday, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said the countries signed a short-term agreement.

The Reuters report also notes that 70 percent of funds contributed by Seoul go toward salaries for approximately 8,700 South Korean workers who provide support services for the USA military.

Late previous year, the US military had warned the South Korean employees on its bases that they may be put on leave from mid-April if no agreement was reached.

The allies also missed the December 31 deadline in 2013, but they managed to reach a deal a few weeks later when South Korea agreed to increase its contribution by 5.8 percent, with a 4-percent cap on the inflation rate.

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