With clock ticking, US, S. Korea fail to reach deal on military cost-sharing
SEOUL, South Korea — With an end-of-year deadline fast approaching, the United States and South Korea failed to reach a new military cost-sharing agreement in talks this week as Washington demanded that its ally pay “significantly more,” officials said Friday.
The dispute adds pressure on the longtime alliance between the two countries at a critical time as they try to project solidarity in diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
Senior diplomats from both sides held three days of talks ending Thursday in Seoul to try to hammer out a new five-year deal, but negotiators were unable to agree on U.S. demands that South Korea increase its share of the burden for maintaining some 28,500 U.S. troops on the divided peninsula.
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