UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ruled out the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the country after a possible signing of a peace agreement in the future, which he agreed at a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-no, reports referring to a representative of the presidential administration.
“The US Armed Forces in Korea are part of the Union of South Korea and the US They have nothing to do with the signing of a peace treaty ( with the DPRK – ed.),” said Moon Jae-in.
On April 27, a historic meeting of the leaders of the DPRK and South Korea took place, following which Mun Zhe Ying and Kim Jong-un issued a statement in which they announced their intention to conclude a peace treaty, as well as plans to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
As “Renhap” notes, explanations of Seoul appeared immediately after special adviser Mun Zhe Ina hinted that the US military could leave the country.
“What will happen to the US military contingent in South Korea after the signing of the peace treaty?” It will be difficult to explain their presence in the country, “wrote former university professor Yonsei Zheng-Ying Moon in the column for Foreign Affairs.
However, in Seoul, they rejected the possibility of withdrawal, emphasizing the special role of the United States as an intermediary.
“The government is convinced that the US military forces in South Korea play the role of an intermediary in the country’s interaction with such powerful powers as China and Japan.The government’s position is that US troops are necessary,” a source in the presidential administration said.
He also stressed that Zheng-Ying Moon is an adviser to the president, but this does not mean that his point of view coincides with the opinion of Mun Zhe In.
The US military has been present in South Korea since the end of the Korean War, a peace treaty that has not yet been signed, Seoul and Pyongyang are still formally at war. At the moment, there are approximately 28,500 US military in South Korea.
The DPRK has long demanded the withdrawal of US troops from a neighboring country, believing that the contingent is a threat to the country and can be used in the invasion of North Korea.
The theme of the US military was not raised at the historic summit of Korean leaders, according to official reports.