US military’s South Korean civilian staff to go back to work

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Published June 3, 2020, 4:24 PM

By Agence France-Presse

Thousands of South Koreans working at US military bases in the country, furloughed in a row over funding for the American presence on the peninsula, will go back to work this month after Seoul offered to pay their wages.

A man and a woman wave flags during a ceremony at the US Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek in June, 2019 (AFP Photo/Jung Yeon-je)

Washington has around 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea to defend it against the nuclear-armed North and protect US interests in north-east Asia.

But the security allies’ relationship has been strained by the Trump administration’s demands that the South pay billions of dollars more towards the cost of their presence after the previous funding pact

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