Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Will Trump's Suggestion For Troop Cuts Weaken US-South Korea Alliance?

Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in is seen holding a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump Behind Kim Jong Un's new role as peacemaker: Confidence in his nukes played a key role
Glenn Montgomery | 04 May, 2018, 14:18

"We believe that Mr. Trump can take them back on the day of the U.S". They emphasized that rethinking the size and configuration of the US force was overdue, regardless of the sudden flowering of diplomacy with North Korea.

An official with South Korea's Blue House disputed The Times' report, saying that a US National Security Council representative assured them that the report was "not true", according to Yonhap News.

For years President Trump has expressed his desire to withdraw US troops from South Korea, arguing that our ally should be footing a much larger portion of the bill.

In June, Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was arrested and held prisoner in North Korea, died just days after being returned to his family in the USA while in a coma.

Beijing, which has long backed denuclearisation of North Korea had maintained that it would like to work with the two Koreas and the USA for the signing of a definitive peace treaty. He was also concerned about the cost of maintaining the military in South Korea. However, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared to say the issue might be open to discussion.

The U.S. now maintains 28,000 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, leaving the two Koreas technically at war.

Last week, Warmbier's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea in US federal court, alleging that the Kim regime had tortured and killed their son. Trump has been calling for a withdrawal of forces from the East Asian nation for quite some time. The comment came after a prominent adviser to President Moon Jae-in wrote that it would be "difficult to justify" the presence of USA forces were the conflict with Kim to end.

"But from the perspective of the U.S".

President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday alluded to the release in a tweet. "South Korea alliance", Cha said, "it would represent a major retrenchment".

Chung-in Moon, a senior advisor to the South Korean leader, wrote in an op-ed that much of the commentary about the meeting has focused on "remaining difficulties, which are considerable". "It will be hard to justify their continuing presence".

One might think that Trump's top priority during this sensitive time would be avoiding any move that could weaken our ally's position in talks with Kim.

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