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S. Korea, U.S. close to defense cost-sharing deal: Sources Updated: 2020-04-01 14:02:01 KST

South Korea and the United States are reportedly close to signing a new deal on how much Seoul should pay for the stationing of U.S. troops in the country.
It's been in the works for months.
South Korean media reports say this time, the Special Measures Agreement, or SMA, will be for five years.
Washington had been demanding Seoul pay 4 billion dollars just for this year, but it's reportedly lowered that amount.
Once they've signed, the South Korean government is expected to work on getting the deal ratified in parliament by May 29th.
In the meantime, starting today, the U.S. has put South Korean workers at its local bases on unpaid leave.
South Korean defense ministry expressed regret at that move and said it will work with parliament to enact special laws to support the livelihoods of the people affected.
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