Reuters: South Korea says U.S. reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; joint drills wrap up
South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion battery designed to defend against North Korea.
In a telephone call on Sunday, Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, reassured his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, that the U.S. alliance with South Korea was its top priority in the Asia-Pacific region, the South's presidential office said.
The conversation followed another North Korean missile test-launch on Saturday which Washington and Seoul said was unsuccessful, but which drew widespread international condemnation.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. will pay for the deployment .... but National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is indicating that in the future this will change when the deal is negotiated.
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