SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea and the United States have signed a new deal on Sunday that has increased Seoul's contribution to the cost of American military presence on its soil and overcome earlier failed negotiations that have worried about their decades Worries caused alliance.
South Korea provided around $ 830 million last year, which covers about 40 percent of the cost of deploying 28,500 US troops whose presence is expected to deter North Korea's aggression. President Donald Trump has urged South Korea to pay more.
On Sunday, the negotiators of the two countries signed a new cost-sharing plan, which requires South Korea to pay around 1.04 trillion won (US $ 924 million) in 2019, Seoul. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement states that both countries reaffirmed the need for a "stable" US military operation in the midst of the "rapidly changing situation on the Korean Peninsula". The ministry said the US has assured South Korea that it is committed to the alliance and has no plans to adjust its numbers in South Korea.
South Korea paid off the ravages of the Korean War of 1950-1953 in the early 1990s after the rebuilding of the US military deployments economy. The large US military presence in South Korea is a symbol of the alliance of countries forged in blood during the war, but also a source of long-lasting anti-American sentiment.
About 20 anti-US. On Sunday, activists gathered in Seoul near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and shouted slogans like "No more money for US troops." No violence was reported.
"The United States government recognizes that Korea is doing a great deal for our alliance and peace and stability in the region," American negotiator Timothy Betts said Sunday in Seoul. "We are very pleased that our consultations have led to an agreement that will enhance transparency and deepen our cooperation and the Alliance."
The deal, which includes the issuance of South Korean taxpayer money, requires parliamentary approval in South Korea, but not in the EU The United States, according to the Seoul Foreign Ministry.
The allies had not reached a new cost sharing plan in about ten rounds of talks. A five-year 2014 contract covering South Korea's payments last year expired at the end of 2018.
Some conservatives in South Korea expressed concern over a weakening of the alliance with the United States while negotiating with North Korea to rob them of its nuclear weapons hit a stalemate. They said Trump could use the failed military cost-sharing negotiations as an excuse to recall some US troops in South Korea as negotiators in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump told CBS "Face the Nation." On February 3, he does not plan to withdraw troops from South Korea. During his election campaign, Trump suggested that he withdraw troops from South Korea and Japan if they did not take on much of the financial burden of supporting US soldiers stationed there.
South Korea's media previously reported that Trump South Korea's doubling demanded spending on the US military mission before its government finally demanded 1.13 trillion won ($ 1 billion). The Seoul Foreign Ministry said the US demanded a large increase in South Korean spending, but did not go further.
Trump announced last week that he would meet Kim at the end of February with a second summit in Vietnam. Her first summit in Singapore last June made Kim indifferent to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," a term used by his propaganda machine when she claimed it would only denuclearize after the US withdrew its troops South Korea had deducted.  Trump's best envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, visited Pyongyang last week to discuss details of the upcoming summit. After Biegun had been briefed by Biegun on his trip to Pyongyang, the South Korean presidential office announced on Sunday that US and North Korean officials would meet again in an unidentified Asian country in the week of February 17, Japan, the Korean Peninsula populated from 1910 to 1945 after the defeat in World War II. Most US troops were withdrawn in 1949, but returned the following year to fight alongside Korea in the Korean War.
Associated Press journalists Chang Yong Jun and Lee Jin-man contributed to the report.