Soldiers participate in the Squad Practical Unit Rehearsal competition, June 20, 2019, at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. JARED KINDLESPIRE/U.S. ARMY
Soldiers participate in the Squad Practical Unit Rehearsal competition, June 20, 2019, at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. JARED KINDLESPIRE/U.S. ARMY

Trump says talks underway to persuade South Korea to pay more for defense

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has agreed to pay "substantially more" to the United States for its defense against North Korea, and talks are underway to further boost its contribution, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

His comments came a day after North Korea test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles in what it called a warning against joint military exercises being conducted by Seoul and Washington.

The topic also could come up when Defense Secretary Mark Esper holds talks with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul on Friday as part of his first official trip to Asia in his new role.

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