Marines from South Korea and the US during joint landing military exercises. Photo: AP

South Korea refuses to pay US$5 billion to cover cost of US troops, causing talks to break down

  • Each side claims the other was not prepared to reach a compromise on sharing the costs for hosting 28,500 US troops to deter North Korea
  • Donald Trump has floated the idea of pulling US troops from the Korean peninsula, which remains technically in a state of war
Topic |   South Korea

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Marines from South Korea and the US during joint landing military exercises. Photo: AP
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US President Donald Trump with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, in May 2019. Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump reportedly wants Japan to quadruple payment for US troops to US$8 billion

  • The demand was made to Japanese officials during a trip to the region in July by John Bolton, then national security adviser, according to Foreign Policy
  • Trump has also insisted Seoul shoulder more of the cost of the US military presence in South Korea, where it serves as deterrence against North Korea
Topic |   Japan

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US President Donald Trump with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, in May 2019. Photo: Reuters
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