Trump Has No Plans on Withdrawal of US Troops From South Korea

Elias Hubbard
February 4, 2019

In the wide-ranging interview, Trump also said that his administration is "doing very well" in making a trade deal with China and he hasn't ruled out another government shutdown or emergency declaration to build a border wall with Mexico by the February 15 funding deadline. "I don't like to take things off the table", Mr Trump said in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" that will air on Sunday (Feb 3).

The president said the date of his next summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un would be announced shortly. "I'm looking forward to it".

Sending military to Venezuela is "an option", Trump said, but he has turned down President Nicolas Maduro's request for a meeting. "He can't do that with nuclear weapons and he can't do that on the path they're on now".

"And one of the reasons is because North Korea has a chance of being located between Russia, China, and South Korea", Trump said. Last Tuesday, U.S. intelligence chiefs told Congress they believe there is little likelihood Kim will voluntarily give up his nuclear weapons or missiles capable of carrying them.

"I like him. I get along with him great", the president added. "We have a fantastic chemistry", Trump said. During that summit, Kim pledged to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, though he did not provide a timetable or roadmap for his disarmament steps. But you know it's very expensive to keep troops there. "But I have no plans, I've never even discussed removing them", Trump told the CBS broadcaster, when asked whether Washington plans to keep United States troops in South Korea.

Asked about the possibility of the United States pulling troops out of South Korea as it negotiates with Pyongyang, Trump doubled down on remarks by the U.S. envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun, who this week denied any such plans.

During the second summit, some experts say North Korea will likely seek to trade the destruction of its main Yongbyon nuclear complex for a US promise to formally declare the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, open a liaison office in Pyongyang and allow the North to resume some lucrative economic projects with South Korea.

"Yeah, I mean we haven't talked about anything else".

The two sides face a March 1 deadline to avert a sharp increase in USA duties on $200 billion in Chinese exports. "And if it is a deal it's going to be a real deal".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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