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Trump considering withdrawing up to 4,000 U.S. troops from South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un right and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare to shake hands at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone South Korea. On Wednesday Nov. 13 2019 North Korea’s supre Trump considering withdrawing up to 4,000 U.S. troops from South Korea
Bennie Garza | 21 November, 2019, 11:24

President Donald Trump has demanded South Korea contribute about $5 billion for hosting USA troops, well above the current one-year deal where Seoul pays about $1 billion.

ROK stands for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, quoting an unnamed United States diplomatic source, says that President Trump is considering withdrawing 4,000 U.S. troops from South Korea, and suggested the possibility of pulling out entirely, if South Korea doesn't pay massive cost-sharing increases that Trump is demanding.

In the story, Chosun Ilbo quotes a diplomatic source as saying the U.S.is preparing to withdraw one brigade.

"We are not threatening the allies for this".

The NSC meeting came ahead of the scheduled termination later this week of the GSOMIA, which South Korea and Japan signed in November 2016 to share military intelligence on nuclear and missile programs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Earlier Thursday, the defense chief had told reporters that the US wasn't using troop levels as a bargaining chip in funding talks with host countries.

It's unsurprising, then, that United States officials are leaking to South Korea's press things that would benefit United States negotiations.

Under US law, the presence of US troops in South Korea should not fall below 22,000 unless the defense secretary justifies a new reduction to Congress.

South Korea's Defence Ministry said that despite the latest acrimony, the USA has vowed in its latest meeting that its forces would stay. "We have a tough burden-sharing negotiation that we're in the middle of with the South Koreans", Biegun said.

The leaders of the South Korean political party visited Washington, DC on Wednesday to push for a fair and reasonable outcome of the cost-sharing talks.

"I stressed that a withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea should not be brought up, as the South Korea-U.S. alliance also helps the U.S. national interest", said Na Kyung-won of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party. "I read articles in the media all the time that are false or inaccurate or overstated", he said.

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