Trump says South Korea pays 'peanuts' for U.S. troop presence

A boy sits between U.S. and South Korea marines during a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of Incheon Landing Operations in IncheonSouth Korea should pay the United States “very substantially” for maintaining 28,000 troops there to help defend it from the North, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump told CNN on Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang detonated a nuclear device. Trump told the cable television network: “We get paid nothing, we get paid peanuts” for deploying the troops to South Korea. Under a five-year cost-sharing accord reached two years ago, Seoul agreed to contribute $867 million toward U.S. military costs in 2014, about 40 percent of the total.

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