SEOUL, South Korea and the United States are expected to strike a deal this week on splitting the cost for the stationing of American troops here, a diplomatic source said Sunday.

The U.S. will likely accept South Korea’s request for a contribution of less than US$1 billion (1.1 trillion won) in 2019.

Seoul plans to sign a one-year contract as Washington demands, according to the source.

Last year, South Korea paid around 960 billion won for the 28,500-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) under a five-year deal signed in 2014.

Source: Yonhap news Agency