However, the two countries have still not agreed on a broader agreement on cost allocation, which has led workers to get their ass kicked. South Korea and the United States are embroered in a nearly two-year dispute over how much each must pay to support the approximately 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with a ceasefire, not a peace treaty. WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Tuesday it had reached an agreement with South Korea on a proposal for Seoul to fund thousands of South Korean peripheral workers at U.S. bases that had been placed on unpaid leave earlier this year. In early 2019, South Korea and the United States were forced to sign a one-year SMA instead of the usual five years, amid persistent disagreements. But the short-term deal, in which South Korea agreed to pay an 8.2 percent more, or about 1.0389 trillion won ($920 million) a year, expired earlier this year without a new deal. “In the absence of a signed ADM or a related bilateral agreement, the USFK can be … Korean national employees will not begin until April 1. The workers, mainly employed by U.S. bases, were placed on unpaid leave in April, which led to a temporary agreement in June for South Korea to finance about 4,000.
President Donald Trump has said that South Korea should pay more, and differences of opinion have raised the prospect that it may at least withdraw some American troops, as he has done elsewhere. SEOUL (Reuters) – The U.S. military will put nearly 9,000 South Korean workers on unpaid leave from April in the absence of an agreement on cost-sharing to keep 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea, it told the government. The United States angered workers in South Korea in April after the two allies failed to sign a new cost-sharing agreement. In a statement, the Pentagon said the deal meant South Korea would pay more than $200 million to fund 4,000 South Korean workers by the end of 2020. Finally, these workers were able to return to work under stop-gap agreements, but the continuing blockade led US Korean forces to warn in October that these workers could be returned to unpaid leave early next year if no agreement was reached. The ROK`s position is well received by the local public, but almost a non-departure for “real” negotiations. The confusing presentation of their position in the United States is equally problematic. In December 2019, in Seoul, the chief U.S. negotiator said publicly, “As parties to the agreement, we can amend the agreement if we agree to do it together.