PressTV-US troops in South Korea ‘not on table’ at Kim summit

The issue of US troop presence in South Korea will not be “on the table” during a summit this month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Defense Secretary James Mattis said.

“That issue is not on the table here in Singapore on the 12th (of June), nor should it be,” Mattis said Saturday at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a security summit in Singapore, referring to the scheduled date of the historic summit.

North Korea has long demanded US troops be removed from the Korean Peninsula as part of a nuclear deal, but the US has been at pains to stress the issue is not a bargaining chip.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, on June 2, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The US has about 28,500 service members stationed in the South.

Appearing before a group of senator earlier in May, Mattis was asked about the…

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