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While US Relaxes Demands in S. Korea Cost-Sharing Talks, Gaps Remain

People watch a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's New Year's speech at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, Jan. 7, 2020.

Harry Harris, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, says Washington has softened its demand for how much Seoul should pay for the cost of the U.S. military presence here, but says a gap remains and that “time is of the essence.”

“We have some time left, [but] not a lot of time,” Harris said Thursday, a day after a sixth round of cost-sharing negotiations ended in Washington with no breakthrough.

For the second consecutive year, U.S. and South Korean negotiators were unable to reach an agreement before the cost-sharing deal expired at the end of the year. Both sides read more >>>

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