South Korea Wants US Troops to Stay

May 03, 2018, 10:02
South Korea Wants US Troops to Stay

Moon, as well as a number of Republican lawmakers back in the USA, have given Trump a great deal of credit for these developments and have suggested the president should win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in pressuring North Korea.

This picture taken on April 27, 2018 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 29, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (right) talking with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (left) at a bench on a bridge next to the military demarcation line at the truce village of Panmunjom. "It is not related in any aspect to the signing of the peace treaty", the president was quoted as saying by the Blue House spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom. Hostilities ceased with an armistice agreement signed on July 27, 1953, by the USA -led U.N. Command, North Korea and China. "It will be hard to justify their continuing presence".

The United States thinks "denuclearization" means getting rid of all the nukes that North Korean physicists, engineers and technicians have produced at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, site of the North's five-megawatt reactor that produces the weapons-grade plutonium for warheads.

The F-22 "Raptor" stealth fighters last came to the South in December when Seoul and Washington staged their largest-ever joint air exercise, days after North Korea test-fired a missile believed to be capable of hitting the United States mainland.

The issue of whether the USA forces will continue to stay in the South is a sensitive one for many, especially among those suspicious of the North's motive for engagement. "It has nothing to do with signing a peace treaty".

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A joint summit statement issued by Kim and Moon said they will work together to achieve "a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization".

Seoul and Washington consider such a demand non-negotiable.

A South Korean presidential official confirmed that the summit with Trump was one of the topics discussed during the one-on-one talks, as well as Kim's well-known passion for basketball.

Just days ago, landmark meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in resulted in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowing to shut down the testing facility completely in May - with the process to be opened to US and South Korean experts and journalists. Reuters went on to report that the USA government was looking into reports that the hostages have been relocated.

Trump made his first visit to the State Department Wednesday for the ceremonial swearing-in.

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The prisoners are said to have been relocated to Pyongyang in early April.

The Japanese television channel NTV got a South Korean lip-reading expert to analyze the conversation that Moon and Kim had as they walked along a blue foot-bridge and sat at the end of it. Cameras were filming from too far away to pick up any words.

A USA foreign service officer, who did not want to be named, told VOA he hopes Pompeo's experiences in Congress, the US military, and the intelligence community "highlight that the United States faces real adversaries overseas, and that the [State] Department's career employees are resources - not the enemy".

Some worry that Beijing could raise questions about the continuing presence of the US forces in the South when the state of war is over. North Korea has used detained Americans as leverage to force the U.S.to open bilateral talks with it in the past.

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