South Korea and the U.S. are launching negotiations on defense cost sharing as early as next week in Seoul.
A South Korean military source confirmed today that James DeHart of the U.S. State Department will lead the U.S. delegation.
Seoul is still carrying out internal procedures to select its chief negotiator.
President Trump has been trying to pressure South Korea to shoulder more costs.
Under this year's Special Measures Agreement, a defense cost-sharing deal that expires at the end of the year, Seoul had agreed to pay nearly 875-million U.S. dollars, an increase of more than eight-percent from the previous year.