US President Donald Trump has ruled out reducing the number of American troops in South Korea as part of a deal to be discussed during his upcoming summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.
“No, it’s not. That is not one of the things on the table,” Trump said at a White House event on Friday when asked if he would consider pulling some of the 28,500 troops from South Korea.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on February 27 and 28.
Senior US officials had said on Thursday the two sides would not discuss withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula and would instead focus on seeking a common understanding about denuclearization.
The United States has stationed some 28,500 American troops in South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War.
Washington has scaled back military exercises in South Korea over the past year as part of efforts to expedite talks aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear weapon and…