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International relations

US-South Korea cost-sharing deal for American troops expires

Negotiations stalled as Trump demands Seoul double its contribution

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in talk with troops stationed on the peninsula.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The U.S. and South Korea are at a standoff over a cost-sharing deal for the 28,500 American troops stationed on the peninsula as President Donald Trump demands Seoul foot more of the bill.

The five-year Special Measures Agreement, which outlines cost sharing for U.S. forces in South Korea, expired Monday. Negotiations began in March but an agreement could not be reached at working-level talks that started here Dec. 11.

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