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Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

US troop levels in SKorea 'are not on the table'

US troop levels in SKorea 'are not on the table'

The heads of North and South Korea last month signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting between leaders of the two countries in 10 years.

"The New York Times story is utter nonsense", Bolton said. Asian stocks climbed almost 4 percent on Monday on renewed hopes the US automaker industry would be rescued, strengthening willingness to take risks and knocking the USA dollar to a two-month low against the euro.

Trump continued talking to reporters about the summit after boarding Air Force One.

The announcement of the decision to move to a single time with its southern neighbor, the DPRK authorities made on the basis of inter-Korean summit North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN and the leader of South Korea, moon Jae-In.

He said that the administration is having "very substantive talks with North Korea" about three Americans who have been held hostage in that country. "As I said yesterday, stay tuned".

The New York Times reported that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare plans for scaling back the USA military presence in the allied Asian nation.

Until now, it was on Pyongyang Time, which is half an hour behind South Korea and Japan. "We'll be announcing it very soon", Trump said from the White House lawn.

He said the details of the summit would be announced soon, with the White House saying it could take place this month as long as North Korea makes specific concessions.

A North Korean defector, now living in South Korea, prepares to release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's recent nuclear test, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on September 15, 2017.

Jung Pak, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, said the danger for the United States in Trump's public flirtations with removing troops is that he is giving up leverage to Kim in advance of the summit.

"I think a lot of great things will happen but troops are not on the table", he said, referring to the ongoing negations with North Korea.

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