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Kang Kyung-wha South Korean Foreign Minister, says negotiations for new deal'long but successful

The United States has not urged the global community to lift sanctions and has not lifted USA -specific sanctions on North Korea in response to the Punggye-ri incident, nor to the meeting between dictator Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump in June 2018.

Negotiators held 10 rounds of talks previous year but remained deadlocked over President Donald Trump's demand that the South pay significantly more.

Yonhap said the United States had previously demanded 1.13 trillion won (US$1 billion) from South Korea.

Chang Won-sam, the top negotiator in defense cost-sharing negotiations and Timothy Betts, acting deputy assistant secretary and senior adviser for security negotiations and agreements of U.S. State Department signed the one-year contract at the foreign ministry in Seoul, Sunday which the South will pay 1.038 trillion won ($923 million) for stationing 28,500 USFK soldiers in South Korea.

On Feb. 10, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said that the United States had affirmed it would not be changing the scale of its troop presence. Both were held in South Korea. "We will have to deal with them, but I think at this point we were able to close the gap on the total amount".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke regularly with Trump before and after his first summit with Kim last June.

Prior to the signing, Betts paid a courtesy visit to Kang on behalf of the U.S.to brief them of the details of the agreement. Most U.S. troops were withdrawn in 1949 but they returned the next year to fight alongside South Korea in the 1950-53 Korean War.

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When asked about the possibility in an interview with CBS last week, Trump said he has "no plans" to withdraw troops from the peninsula and hasn't even discussed the issue.

The approximately 8 percent increase in payments by South Korea to the United States is likely to check one of the boxes on US President Donald Trump's "to do" list.

North Korea has been under one of history's strictest global sanctions regimes since November 2017, the last time the regime conducted an illegal missile test.

North Korea hates the drills, which it considers a rehearsal for an invasion.

Seoul contributes around 70 percent to cover the salaries of some 8,700 South Korean employees who provide administrative, technical and other services for the U.S. military. The South and the US have shared the costs for the USFK since 1991, and renewed the contract every two to five years.

Services had not been interrupted thanks to reserve funds, but USFK had warned the Korean Employees' Union that it would have to put local staff on unpaid leave beginning in mid-April if a deal wasn't reached.

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