Peace treaty between North and South Korea could diminish need for 23,500 US soldiers stationed on peninsula

Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of US troops in South Korea, the New York Times has reported, citing several people briefed on the matter.

Reduced US troop levels were not intended to be a bargaining chip in Trump’s planned summit in late May or early June with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, about Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. Officials said, however, that a peace treaty between the two Koreas could diminish the need for the 23,500 US soldiers stationed on the peninsula.

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