US, S. Korea hold separate talks on cost-sharing, status of forces
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea held separate talks Tuesday on military cost-sharing and the agreement on the legal status of American forces who are being consolidated south of Seoul.
The stakes were highest in Seoul where U.S. and South Korean delegates facing an end-of-year deadline began a 10th round of negotiations over footing the multimillion dollar bill to maintain some 28,500 American troops on the divided peninsula.
The current five-year deal, known as the special measures agreement, is set to expire on Dec. 31.
Negotiators reportedly have been struggling to find middle ground on a U.S. demand that Seoul increase its contribution, which has been some $830 million per year, or about half of the total.
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