Trump contemplating withdrawing as much as Four,000 U.S. troops from South Korea: report

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks throughout a tour of Apple’s Mac Professional manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, U.S., November 20, 2019. Information/Tom Brenner

SEOUL (Information) – America is contemplating withdrawing an armed forces brigade from South Korea if Seoul doesn’t conform to a U.S. demand to contribute extra to the price of stationing troops within the nation, a South Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.

America broke off talks with South Korea on Tuesday after demanding Seoul increase its annual contribution for U.S. troop prices to $5 billion, over 5 instances what it’s presently paying, in line with South Korean lawmakers.

U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted that South Korea pay extra – and has additionally instructed pulling the troops out altogether.

“I perceive that the U.S. is getting ready to withdraw one brigade in case negotiations with South Korea don’t go in addition to President Trump needs,” a diplomatic supply in Washington with information of the negotiations was cited as saying by South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

There are about 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea. A brigade is about three,000-Four,000 troops, Chosun stated, and a possible discount can be throughout the bounds of the Nationwide Defence Authorization Act for fiscal yr 2019, handed by the U.S. Congress.

Not one of the funds approved by the act could also be used to scale back the whole variety of U.S. army in South Korea beneath 22,000 except the Secretary of Protection certifies the need to Congress committees.

U.S. Particular Consultant for North Korea Stephen Biegun stated on Wednesday he believed the USA ought to proceed to station troops in South Korea, when requested if he would proceed to advocate for the presence of U.S. army personnel within the nation if he’s confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State.

“South Korea is amongst our most vital alliance companions. That doesn’t imply anyone will get a free trip. We have now a tricky burden-sharing negotiation that we’re in the course of with the South Koreans,” Biegun stated.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Extra reporting by David Brunnstrom and Daphne Psaledakis in Washington; Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien