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S. Korea, U.S. to hold defense cost talks in Hawaii next week Updated: 2019-10-19 12:11:03 KST

South Korea and the United States will hold another round of negotiations next week on sharing the cost of stationing American troops on the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul's top negotiator Jeong Eun-bo will sit down with his U.S. counterpart James Dehart in Hawaii from Tuesday to Thursday for consultations on the Special Measures Agreement.
The previous round of talks took place last month in Seoul.
South Korea is required to pay over 870 million U.S. dollars for this year -- up 8.2 percent on-year.
Seoul's foreign ministry says the government will shoulder a fair share of costs at a reasonable level.
The U.S. State Department says the cost burden of U.S. troop deployments is a responsibility that should be shared fairly with allies and partners that benefit from their presence, adding that President Trump expects South Korea to contribute more.
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