[Breaking] Seoul dismisses possible reduction of US troops in S

[Breaking] Seoul dismisses possible reduction of US troops in S

A meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is expected in the coming weeks, although arrangements have yet to be announced.

But Chung-in's article drew a swift rebuke from South Korea's presidential Blue House, which said that U.S. forces would stay, regardless of whether a peace treaty is signed.

He also seems to have talked about the potential distrust that the United States has with regards to North Korea's pledge to scale back and eventually end their mission to become a nuclear power.

But a US National Security Council official told a visiting South Korean official in Washington via telephone the report was false, the South Korean presidential office said in a statement.

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China says sanctions imposed over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs are meant to further diplomacy rather than punish the North. Beijing opposes any measures that could topple North Korea's government and possibly lead to a tide of refugees crossing its border and the stationing of USA and South Korean troops in the North. However, they said stationing of the USA forces in the South may not be necessary if a peace treaty is signed between the Koreas.

South Korea was quick to deny the story.

For Trump, withdrawing troops would have multiple benefits, said Victor Cha, a Korea scholar at Georgetown University who was, for a time, under consideration to be ambassador to Seoul.

The two countries have technically been at war since 1953.

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However, is it the right time for the U.S.to consider reducing its troop presence in South Korea?

Moon's remarks followed a proposal from his special adviser Moon Chung-in on the withdrawal of United States forces in South Korea.

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The letter came amid reports that the White House was looking at Singapore and a facility inside the Korean peninsula's demilitarized zone as possible sites for Trump's anticipated meeting with Kim. "South Korea alliance, it would represent a major retrenchment", Cha said. However, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared to say the issue might be open to discussion. "It will be hard to justify their continuing presence". But even close allies of President Moon Jae-in have raised doubts about the rationale for a long-term US presence. Could it be that Trump isn't the master negotiator he claims he is?

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