Under the latest one-year deal reached in February 2019, South Korea agreed to increase its contribution to just under 1.04 trillion won ($927 million), an increase of about $70.3 million from the previous agreement. In previous cost-sharing agreements, South Korea paid for only three categories: personnel costs of South Korean workers hired by U.S. troops, military construction costs such as building facilities inside U.S. bases, and military support expenses, for example. B for services and materials. Article V of the agreement states that the United States will bear all maintenance costs of U.S. troops, with the exception of those borne by South Korea, including the provision and compensation of „all facilities and all areas and rights of way.“ Below are details of their security arrangements, military discussions on cost-sharing, and the presence of U.S. troops in South Korea. At the end of the Korean War of 1950-1953, the United States and South Korea signed a mutual defense treaty in which the two countries agreed that collective self-defense should be threatened either in the Pacific region. The agreement served as the basis for the deployment of US forces in South Korea. According to the South Korean Defense Ministry, about 28,500 U.S.

troops are deployed in South Korea. In 1966, the two countries signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which establishes the rules for and protection of U.S. personnel stationed in South Korea. U.S. forces in Korea operate about 90 fighter jets, 40 helicopter gunships and about sixty Patriot rocket launchers, according to South Korea`s Defense White Paper released in December. It is the third largest U.S. troop presence outside the continental U.S. after Japan and Germany, according to data from the U.S. Defense Manpower Data Center.

SEOUL (Reuters) – The 70-year security alliance between the United States and South Korea is receiving new attention, with Washington seeking a significantly larger share of the costs Seoul faces of hosting U.S. troops as a deterrent against North Korea. Negotiations on South Korea`s contribution for next year are ongoing. U.S. President Donald Trump has already described the United States…