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South Korea, US Agree to Discuss Cost Sharing for US Troops in 'Fair' Way - Reports

© AP Photo / Lee Jin-manU.S. Army soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and South Korean soldiers take their position during a demonstration of the combined arms live-fire exercise as a part of the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States at the Rodriquez Multi-Purpose Range Complex in Pocheon, north of Seoul, South Korea. (File)
U.S. Army soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and South Korean soldiers take their position during a demonstration of the combined arms live-fire exercise as a part of the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States at the Rodriquez Multi-Purpose Range Complex in Pocheon, north of Seoul, South Korea. (File) - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Seoul and Washington have agreed to hold "reasonable and fair" discussions on sharing the cost for maintaining the 28,500-strong US force stationed in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a foreign ministry official.

The agreement was reached during US National Security Adviser John Bolton's visit to South Korea last week, according to the Yonhap news agency.

"When US National Security Adviser John Bolton was visiting Korea on July 23 and 24, South Korea and the U.S. agreed to have consultations over the sharing of the defense cost in a reasonable and fair direction," the official said on condition of anonymity as quoted by the agency.

The South Korean JoongAng Ilbo daily newspaper reported earlier that the United States allegedly wanted to request that Seoul pay $5 billion under a renewed cost-sharing deal next year, which is more than five times what South Korea contributed in 2018.

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