However Hecker said the regime's nuclear weapons were a real threat to Japan and South Korea.
The new deal must still be approved by South Korea's parliament, but it would boost its contribution to 1.03 trillion won (687.68 million pounds) from 960 billion won in 2018.
Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the U.S. Los Alamos weapons laboratory in New Mexico who is now at Stanford and was one of the report's authors, told Reuters analysis of satellite imagery showed North Korea's production of bomb fuel continued in 2018.
Last year, South Korea provided about $830 million, roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 US soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North Korea. Yonhap said the US had previously demanded 1.13 trillion won ($1 billion) from South Korea.
South Korea began paying for the US military deployment in the early 1990s, after rebuilding its war-devastated economy.
But both sides worked to hammer out an agreement to minimise the impact on South Koreans working on USA military bases, and focus on nuclear talks ahead of a second U.S.
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They said Trump might use the failed military cost-sharing negotiations as an excuse to pull back some of US troops in South Korea, as a bargaining chip in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Although North Korea has made no official announcement about the summit so far, political experts are not seeing it in a negative light.
Seoul said Sunday it agreed to hike its payment for maintaining American troops on its soil, settling a dispute with its longtime ally ahead of a second summit between the USA and North Korea.
About 70 percent of South Korea's payment funds the salaries of some 8,700 South Korean workers who provide administrative, technical, and other services for the USA military. But on Sunday, South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement that the United States had affirmed it would not be changing the scale of its troop presence.
Last week, Trump said he would hold his second meeting with Kim in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on February 27 and 28. After the meeting, Trump suspended major joint military exercises with South Korea. "These capabilities continue to hold the United States, [South Korea] and our regional allies at risk".
"That action would significantly undermine regional security and our ability to fulfill our treaty obligations to South Korea", said Reed, the top Democrat on the committee. North Korea agreed to return to the United States some 50 boxes of remains believed to contain the bodies of missing American servicemembers from the Korean War.