U.S., South Korea reaffirm existing pact on THAAD deployment cost - South Korea

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor (R) is seen in Seongju, South Korea, April 26, 2017. Lee Jong-hyeon/News1 via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Sunday U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser reaffirmed the two countries’ pre-existing agreement on the expenditure for the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system.

In a telephone call on Sunday, H.R. McMaster reassured his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, that the United States’ alliance with South Korea was its top priority in the Asia-Pacific region, South Korea’s presidential office said.

Trump said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday that he wanted South Korea to pay for the THAAD deployment, but South Korean officials responded that the cost was for Washington to bear, under the bilateral agreement.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Clarence Fernandez