In this Nov. 30, 2018, photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  HWANG KWANG-MO/YONHAP
In this Nov. 30, 2018, photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. HWANG KWANG-MO/YONHAP

S. Korean president denies Trump named a price in military cost-sharing talks

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday dismissed reports that President Donald Trump named a specific price for maintaining U.S. troops on the divided peninsula.

Moon’s comments came after the South Korean daily newspaper JoongAng Ilbo cited an unnamed source as saying Trump demanded $1.2 billion during their summit on the sidelines of the G20 summit in November.

Moon said that Trump sometimes raises the bilateral free trade agreement and defense cost-sharing during their talks – but never specific conditions or amounts.

“Not just President Trump but no leader of any country in the world speaks in such a manner,” Moon said, according to a transcript from his office. “Such reports can be an insult to President Trump.”

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