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S. Korea, U.S. unable to narrow differences over defense cost-sharing burden: Official Updated: 2019-12-06 04:55:51 KST

South Korea's top negotiator on sharing the cost of keeping American troops on the Korean Peninsula says the latest round of talks with the U.S. did not produce a specific outcome.

"We have our respective stances. So to narrow our differences, we need to talk it out."

Speaking in Washington on Thursday, Jeong Eun-bo said the fourth round of negotiations saw the two sides aiming to understand each others' stances.
However, he said the U.S is "maintaining its position" on "making requests beyond the current Special Measures Agreement" under which Seoul pays 870 million dollars this year.
Although that marks a eight.two increase from 2018, Washington has called on Seoul to raise its contribution to nearly five billion dollars in 2020.
Jeong said South Korea is maintaining its stance that the two sides negotiate within the framework of their deal.
Reporter : osy@arirang.com
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