No orders to pull troops from Korean Peninsula, posture same - Pentagon

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Washington is also is in the middle of tough talks with Seoul over how to share the cost of maintaining some 28,500 US servicemembers in South Korea as the agreement expires at the end of the year. -South Korean alliance, and also aligns with Kim's goals. "Congress must remain well-informed throughout any talks with the Kim regime, particularly if an agreement requires the removal of sanctions as an inducement to North Korea taking steps toward denuclearization", they wrote.

Moon's office told Bloomberg that a "key" official at the U.S. National Security Council told Chung Eui-yong, Seoul's national security chief, that the report was "not true".

China - North Korea's only major ally and economic benefactor - has supported a series of United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.past year the North staged its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland as Kim and Trump traded threats of war and personal insults, sparking global security fears.

Trump has been determined to withdraw troops from South Korea, arguing that the United States is not adequately compensated for the cost of maintaining them, that the troops are mainly protecting Japan and that decades of US military presence had not prevented the North from becoming a nuclear threat.

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Beijing, which has long backed denuclearisation of North Korea had maintained that it would like to work with the two Koreas and the U.S. for the signing of a definitive peace treaty.

South Korea was quick to deny the story. Trump has been calling for a withdrawal of forces from the East Asian nation for quite some time.

Moon's remarks followed a proposal from his special adviser Moon Chung-in on the withdrawal of USA forces in South Korea.

South Korean media reported Wednesday that a South Korean activist said North Korea had moved the three in early April.

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However, is it the right time for the U.S.to consider reducing its troop presence in South Korea? "It will be hard to justify their continuing presence". Victor Cha, who was dropped from consideration to be ambassador to Seoul several months ago, told the Times that the move would appeal to Trump's base, save the USA money, and give him a bargaining chip for when he talks to Kim.

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

Kim, a South Korean-born US citizen, has been held the longest. "South Korea alliance, it would represent a major retrenchment", Cha said.

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