US, South Korea agree ‘in principle’ on military cost-sharing deal
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea have agreed “in principle” on a military cost-sharing deal, the State Department said Tuesday, in a move that would settle a key dispute between the longtime allies amid sensitive nuclear talks with North Korea.
The announcement comes more than a month after the previous pact, known as the Special Measures Agreement, expired. The two sides sparred over Washington’s demand that Seoul pay “significantly more” for the daily maintenance of some 28,500 U.S. servicemembers, their dependents and other Americans supporting the mission.
“The United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on a new Special Measures Agreement,” the State Department said. “Both sides are committed to working out remaining technical issues as quickly as possible.”
The statement added that the U.S. “appreciates the considerable resources” that South Korea provides to support the alliance, which was forged when the two countries fought together against the communist-backed North in the 1950-53 war.
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