South Korea, U.S. fail to agree on alliance cost-sharing
November 19, 2019 - Cost-sharing talks between the U.S. and South Korea have broken down over President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion for hosting U.S. troops, raising questions about the stability of one of America’s closest alliances.
U.S. and South Korean officials on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the allies remain far apart in negotiations for increasing South Korea’s contributions to the costs for maintaining the American military presence on its soil.
U.S. negotiator James DeHart said the U.S. side decided to cut short a meeting that lasted less than two hours because Seoul’s proposals “were not responsive to our request for fair and equitable burden sharing.”
Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Washington has been calling for a ”drastic increase” in South Korea’s contributions which the country finds unacceptable.
The United States stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea, mainly to deter aggression from the North.