following the breakdown install
Washington defense car-sharing talks there’s been mounting speculation the
number of American soldiers stationed in the nation could be slashed the US
Defense chief says he has not heard of such plans South Korea’s Defense
Ministry emphasizes Ally is committed to maintaining the current troop presence
Kim Minji updates us on the situation US defense secretary Mark ass-first says he
has not heard of any plans to withdraw American troops on the Korean Peninsula
he made the remarks to reporters during a visit to Vietnam on Thursday when
asked whether he had come across a South Korean media report saying the
Washington was considering a significant cut in the roughly 28-thousand 5-hundred
troops it has on the peninsula if solar 4 fuses to contribute more to
the cost of deployment the Pentagon chief said he comes across inaccurate or
overstated reports all the time adding that the u.s. is now threatening their
allies we’re not threatening allies over this this is the Sunnah goshi ation
State Department has a lead let’s let’s let them sit down with their
counterparts and work through this you know very as Ally should privately and there is been growing speculation that
the US could reduce deployment after the latest round of negotiations on defense
cost-sharing were cut short amid wide differences Seoul said Washington sought
a large increase by adding new articles to their cost-sharing agreement but the
figure South Korea says needs to be fair a mutually acceptable the u.s. meanwhile
claimed the proposals put forward by South Korea one responsive to its
requests reports say Washington wants old to pay five billion u.s. dollars
annually a five-fold job from what South Korea agreed to pay under the current
deal that expires at the end of 2019 South Korea’s Defense Ministry also said
that the US remains committed to maintaining the current level of US
military personnel on the peninsula when asked about the same report during the
51st security consultative meeting US Secretary of Defense mark s Byrne
reaffirmed his pledge that US troops in South Korea will continue to be
stationed on the Korean Peninsula in light of the uncertainty the floor
leaders of South Korea’s main political parties visiting Washington held a
series of meetings with US lawmakers to explain Seoul stance
speaking to reporters they said that many representatives expressed concerns
that President Donald Trump was calling for a hefty hike and share the view that
a reasonable conclusion needs to be reached based on mutual respect and
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