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2008/12/23 19:32 KST
(LEAD) S. Korea to pay 760 billion won for U.S. troops in 2009

By Lee Chi-dong
SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will pay 760 billion won (US$571 million) for the stationing of 28,500 American troops here next year under a new deal on their defense cost sharing, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The agreement, reached after five rounds of talks since July, calls for South Korea to increase its share each year until 2013, in accordance with the consumer price index.