South Korea and the U.S. will hold a fresh round of defense cost sharing talks in Seoul on Monday afternoon.
Senior advisor for security negotiations and agreements at the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, James DeHart arrived in the South Korean capital on Sunday, just nine days after his last visit.
He will hold his third round of talks with his South Korean counterpart, Jeong Eun-bo on Monday and Tuesday.
Their previous negotiation took place last month in Hawaii.
Speaking to reporters upon his arrival, DeHart said much work is needed in order to achieve a fair and equal deal between the two sides as the U.S. pushes South Korea to pay much more.
However, DeHart stressed he's confident they can come to a good agreement with some hard work, adding he hopes his frequent visits show how important the U.S. sees its alliance with South Korea.