UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – US Defense Secretary James Matisse declined to answer the question of the future presence of US troops on the Korean Peninsula after the historic summit of the two Koreas.
“I think we now have to move forward with this process (peace) and conduct negotiations without making any preconditions or assumptions about their progress,” Matisse told reporters on Friday.
“The diplomats will do their job now,” he said.
The United States welcomed the outcome of the summit meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Mon Jai N in Nmanmagom, in which the agreement was reached on the denuclearization of the peninsula and efforts to normalize relations and move towards unity and common prosperity.
US President Donald Trump plans to meet North Korea’s leader soon.
US forces have been on the territory of South Korea since the 1950’s after the war on the Korean Peninsula, and there are currently more than 20 thousand soldiers.