South Korea and the United States will hold another round of negotiations next week on sharing the cost of stationing American troops on the Korean Peninsula.
According to Seoul’s Foreign Ministry, the seventh round of negotiations concerning the bilateral Special Measures Agreement(SMA) is scheduled to take place in Washington for two days from next Wednesday.
South Korea’s top negotiator, Chang Won-sam, and officials from the foreign ministry and the defense ministry, will sit down with their American counterparts, led by Timothy Betts.
The two sides will try to iron out differences based on what was discussed during the previous gathering.
With the current five-year contract set to expire in December, the Washington has demanded Seoul shoulder more of the cost for USFK upkeep, citing the deployment of U.S. strategic assets to the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul has been splitting the cost of stationing U.S. troops in South Korea since the first SMA was signed in 1991.
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