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South Korean and U.S. negotiators head to the table for their fourth round of defense cost-sharing talks in Washington today as the two remain poles apart on how much Seoul should pay for American troops on the Korean peninsula.
But, while the White House is turning the screw, the U.S. congress has actually lauded South Korea's budget commitments to security.
In its defense bill for fiscal year 2020, the Senate noted that South Korea spends about 2.5 percent of its GDP on defense, the highest figure among U.S allies.
It also praised the Seoul government's shouldering of additional costs, including the construction of Camp Humphreys for U.S. troops in Korea.
The Senate also said the Special Measures Agreement should ensure mutual benefits and respect in recognition of South Korea's substantial cost-sharing commitments.