South Korea signs new deal to pay United States more for troop presence

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That's 8.two percent more than Seoul contributed last year, reflecting a rise in South Korea's defense budget this year.

The deal will officially go into effect after it receives parliamentary approval in South Korea, which is expected to take place in April, according to Yonhap news agency.

The U.S. military arrived in South Korea to disarm Japan, which colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910-45, following its World War II defeat.

South Korea has signed a new deal with the United States on how much Seoul should pay for the USA military presence on its soil after a previous deal lapsed amid President Donald Trump's call for Seoul to pay more.

The top US military commander in South Korea said Tuesday that North Korea has made few, if any, changes to its military posture and has provided no evidence it intends to end its nuclear program since agreeing to do so in the summer.

South Korea began paying for the US military deployment in the early 1990s, after rebuilding its war-devastated economy. Yonhap said the US had previously demanded 1.13 trillion won ($1 billion) from South Korea.

Last month, a senior South Korean ruling party legislator said negotiations were deadlocked after the United States made a "sudden, unacceptable" demand that Seoul pay more than 1.4 trillion won ($1.2bn) per year.

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The production came in spite of nuclear talks with the USA led by the historic summit in Singapore last June.

About 70 percent of South Korea's payment funds the salaries of some 8,700 South Korean workers who provide administrative, technical, and other services for the US military.

The commander of United States forces in South Korea has said he has seen "little to no verifiable change" in North Korea's military capabilities, just weeks away from a second summit between Donald Trump and regime leader Kim Jong-un. -North Korea summit, Seoul officials said.

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held three days of talks in Pyongyang last week to prepare for the second summit, which he said would include discussion of such corresponding steps. But on Sunday, South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement that the United States had affirmed it would not be changing the scale of its troop presence.

Last week, Trump said he would hold his second meeting with Kim in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Feburary 27 and 28.

Major joint exercises have been suspended, but some small-scale drills have continued, earning rebukes from North Korea's state media in recent months.

"That action would significantly undermine regional security and our ability to fulfill our treaty obligations to South Korea", said Reed, the top Democrat on the committee. USA intelligence is not certain how many nuclear warheads North Korea has.

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