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Biden Troop Deal With South Korea Calls for Modest Increases

  • U.S. president settles funding stalemate with key Asian ally
  • Seoul agrees to 14% boost from 2019, less than Trump sought
U.S. soldiers during a bilateral training exercise with the the South Korean army in Paju, South Korea.
U.S. soldiers during a bilateral training exercise with the the South Korean army in Paju, South Korea.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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The U.S. accepted a troop-funding increase from South Korea significantly less than demanded by the Trump administration, underscoring President Joe Biden’s efforts to ease tensions with a key ally often criticized by his predecessor.

South Korea agreed to pay 1.18 trillion won ($1.04 billion) to the U.S. for security this year, about a 14% increase from 2019, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in Seoul. The Asian nation would pay 5.4% more next year, with similar increases annually until 2025 under the six-year deal.