A top U.S. official says he expects the defense cost-sharing negotiations to be a grind, unlike the quick deals sealed in the past.
This is the opinion of Washington's special envoy to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, who expressed his feelings Thursday during a meeting with floor leaders from South Korea's National Assembly.
He reportedly said the alliance should be shored up, but said for this, it's inevitable South Korea will have to pay more for the U.S. troop presence on the peninsula.
Main opposition Liberty Korea Party floor leader Na Kyung-won said Biegun used words such as "rejuvenation" and "renewal" when describing the alliance.
She said she thinks that means Washington views the cost sharing issue as part of a wider framework.