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S. Korea, U.S. extend defense cost-sharing talks in LA for another day Updated: 2020-03-20 05:56:04 KST

South Korea and the United States have extended their latest defense cost-sharing talks in Los Angeles for another day, after the allies wrapped up a second day of hard bargaining.
The latest move is unprecedented, and shows the South Korean government's commitment to reach a deal on the matter amid concerns that Korean employees in the U.S. Forces Korea could be put on unpaid leave starting in April.
During the talks, Seoul's top negotiator Jeong Eun-bo and his U.S. counterpart, James DeHart, thrashed out their differences on how much Seoul should pay for the upkeep of more than 28-thousand American troops in South Korea.
The two parties have held six rounds of defense cost-sharing talks since last September, including the last round in Washington in January.
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