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the US troops on the ground just became more expensive for South Korea on Sunday it signed a new short term agreement with Washington which boosts souls contribution towards the upkeep of American troops I think at this point %HESITATION knew that we were able to close the gap on the total amount the number since his Singapore meeting with Kim German in June US president Donald Trump has been pressuring soul to pay more for American soldiers in the aftermath of the summit he even announced he'd stop joint military exercises with South Korea saying they're much too expensive but we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money plus I think it's very provocative that sparked tension between Seoul and Washington since their previous deal last the two have struggled to reach a breakthrough over how much they should pay and it's taken ten rounds of talks since March last month a senior south Korean official said negotiations were deadlocked after the US made a sudden and quote unacceptable demand that's will pay more than a billion dollars per year it sparked fears among analysts and lawmakers that trump could potentially pull some of its troops from the south something he's done in other countries like Syria the new deal still needs to be approved by the country's parliament but the south will end up paying tens of millions of dollars more than twenty eighteen the United States government realizes that create does a lot for our alliance and for peace and stability in this region but unlike Pasteels which would hold for five years the new one is due to expire in twenty twenty that may force both sides back to the bargaining table within months