South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea and the United States (US) struck a new deal yesterday that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. South Korea last year provided about USD830 million, covering roughly 40 per cent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 US soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North Korea. US President Donald Trump has pushed for South Korea to pay more. More details in Monday’s Borneo Bulletin