Seoul's top negotiator, Jeong Eun-bo, and his US counterpart, James Dehart, will meet in Honolulu on Wednesday and Thursday. The last round of talks took place in Seoul last month.
|South Korean and US negotiators hold the first round of new Special Measures Agreement talks in downtown Seoul on Sept. 24. (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs)|
"Based on the stance that our government will shoulder the fair share of defense costs at a reasonable level, we will hold close consultations with the U.S. side," the ministry said in a press release.
"The government expects that the talks will proceed in a direction that will strengthen the South Korea-US alliance and the combined defense posture," it added.
This year's Special Measures Agreement, the defense cost-sharing deal, is to expire at the end of the year. Since 1991, Seoul has shouldered partial costs under the SMA -- for Korean civilians hired by the USFK, the construction of military facilities to maintain the allies' readiness and other forms of support. (Yonhap)