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If the peace talks proceed amongst nations, it might lower the necessity for a United States presence within the area, officers informed the newspaper.

The New York Times said Trump had asked the Pentagon for troop withdrawal options, although Trump said it was not true and Bolton called the report "utter nonsense". The Division of Protection additionally denied the report in a press release.

But in recent months relations between the Koreas have warmed dramatically, with Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pledging at their summit last week to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons. Bolton told Chung it was untrue that Trump is ordering plans to withdraw U.S. troops, according to the official.

The two Koreas remain technically at war because the conflict ended in a cease-fire rather than a peace treaty.

In Panmunjom, Kim had said he found it a "painful wrench" to see clocks at the summit venue showing different times for the two neighbours, KCNA reported earlier.

The Moon visit was announced after Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House on Friday.

"That is the position", the source said.

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His administration was "in constant contact" with Pyongyang, he added.

The publication notes that the signing of a peace Treaty between South Korea and North Korea will reduce the need to keep the Peninsula 23.5 thousand American soldiers.

"A peace treaty can not be achieved between South Korea-North Korea or North Korea-United States".

The historic first meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "most likely" be held in Singapore in mid-June, according to South Korea's largest newspaper.

As for a reduction in the number of troops stationed in South Korea, Trump said that was not under negotiation - for now.

During the presidential campaign and since, Trump had complained about the cost to the United States of maintaining such a large force in Asia. "We now have a date and we have a location", Trump told reporters prior to leaving for Dallas, where he was set to speak at the National Rifle Association annual convention. North Korea had originally changed its time by half an hour to demonstrate its independence from South Korea. Such workouts have featured drills together with mock "decapitation strikes" in opposition to the North Korean management. Final yr, there have been massive protests against the deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system.

Pyongyang announced last month in preparation for the encounter - the first ever meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader - that it would cease nuclear weapon and missile tests as well as dismantle a nuclear site.


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