Seoul dismisses possible reduction of United States troops in S. Korea

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Experts have long said the presence of usa soldiers and civilians so close to North Korea has long served as a deterrent to a physical conflict.

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

"U.S. Forces Korea is a matter regarding the U.S".

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.

A senior Trump administration official told Fox News Thursday that "there is still some work to do" to gain the release of three Americans held as prisoners in North Korea, despite a claim by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the men would be freed that day.

Word of Trump's plans follows a South Korean official's statement in which he suggested a potential peace treaty on the Korean Peninsula could render the current troops levels unnecessary. "It is literally the blood oath of the American people to South Korea".

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.

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China supported an end to the state of war on the peninsula, North Korea's shift to economic development and the resolution of North Korea's legitimate security concerns during the denuclearisation process, he said.

Last week, Warmbier's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea in USA federal court, alleging that the Kim regime had tortured and killed their son.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in rejected the idea on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday alluded to the release in a tweet.

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Moon's remarks followed a proposal from his special adviser Moon Chung-in on the withdrawal of USA forces in South Korea. "South Korea alliance, it would represent a major retrenchment", Cha said. A spokesman for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colonel Patrick Ryder, said he had no information on the Pentagon preparing troop options for the president.

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.