11 Jun '18, 1pm

What’s next for US troops in S. Korea? A look at possible scenarios - News -

What’s next for US troops in S. Korea? A look at possible scenarios - News -

SINGAPORE — U.S. troops may not be on the table during Tuesday’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but they are looming in the background. Trump has said the future of some 28,500 American servicemembers based in South Korea will not be a bargaining chip in nuclear talks with the North. The former business tycoon has, however, hinted it may be part of cost-sharing talks with Seoul. "At some point into the future, I would like to save the money,” he said last month. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to answer a question on the subject Monday, saying only that the United States was prepared to offer unprecedented “security assurances” to the regime in return for denuclearization. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who was not in Singapore for the summit, said recently that the Americans are “not going anywhere” and “it’s not even a s...

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