Trump - Decreasing troops in South Korea not on table for North Korea talks

Trump - Decreasing troops in South Korea not on table for North Korea talks
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he hosts a reception in honor of National African American History Month at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young Copyright JIM YOUNG(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday that drawing down U.S. troops in South Korea is not on the table for his upcoming talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, which will be focussed on pressing the Asian nation to abandon nuclear weapons.

Trump made the comments at a White House event on trade negotiations with China.

Senior Trump administration officials said on Thursday the two sides will not discuss removing U.S. troops from South Korea and will focus on seeking a common understanding of what it means to denuclearize when they meet in Vietnam at the end of the month.

The United States keeps some 28,500 troops in South Korea.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Jeff Mason; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Sonya Hepinstall)

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