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Korea, U.S. fail to finalize how to share cost of stationing U.S. troops

Updated: 2013-12-18 (KST)
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Korea and the United States have yet again failed to finalize how to share the cost of stationing American troops in Korea.
The two sides held another round of negotiations in Seoul on Tuesday, but were unable to reach a compromise on the renewal of the Special Measure Agreement, which is set to expire at the end of the month.
Reports suggest that the main sticking point was the size of Korea's contribution.
Seoul is thought to have offered about 8-hundred-25 million U.S. dollars but Washington wants an amount closer to 9-hundred-50 million.
The two sides are also far apart on how clearly the U.S. has to show its use of Seoul's contribution.
Officials from both sides agreed to resume their negotiations early next month.

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