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Civic groups call for end of U.S. troops cost-sharing

2013/07/02 17:35

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- Several South Korean civic groups called on the government Tuesday to terminate an agreement with the United States on sharing the cost of stationing American troops here.

The call came as the two allies began talks in Washington Tuesday on the renewal of the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) due to expire this year. Under the agreement, Seoul paid Washington 836 billion won (US$737.4 million) last year to support about 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea.