The Pentagon said Tuesday that it had accepted South Korea‘s proposal to provide over 200 million U.S. dollars to fund the labor costs for all South Korean employees at U.S. military bases there through the end of this year.
The two allies, however, still failed to reach the broader burden-sharing agreement, which is known as the Special Measure Agreement (SMA).
“We strongly encourage our Ally to reach a fair agreement as quickly as possible,” the United States Department of Defense said in a statement.
The 10th SMA, which was struck in March last year, expired at the end of 2019. Under the accord, South Korea paid 1.04 trillion won (860 million U.S. dollars) last year, up 8.2 percent from the previous year.
Since September last year, the two countries held multiple rounds of negotiations on the 11th SMA, but they failed to reach an agreement following Washington‘s demand for a sharp increase in Seoul’s contribution.