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Defense chiefs of S. Korea, U.S. to discuss GSOMIA, defense cost sharing at annual meeting Updated: 2019-11-15 07:00:58 KST

South Korea and the United States have started their annual Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul.
Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper are expected to focus on GSOMIA, Seoul's military intel sharing pact with Japan which is due to lapse in just over a week.
Due to Seoul's withdrawal, a decision the U.S. is against, sources say it's likely Esper will press Seoul to raise its share of defense costs to 5 billion U.S. dollars.
According to CNN Thursday, President Trump is demanding South Korea pay roughly 5-hundred percent more in 2020 than it did this year.
This afternoon, Esper will meet President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House.
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