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S. Korean Pres. Moon ‘U.S. troops in S. Korea matter of alliance, not peace treaty’

S. Korean Pres. Moon ‘U.S. troops in S. Korea matter of alliance, not peace treaty’

Let’s start with President Moon Jae-in’s comments
on U.S. forces in South Korea. The president has flatly dismissed the possibility
of American troops withdrawing from the peninsula… when the Korean War formally ends. Making his stance crystal clear after one
of his advisors muddied the waters,… President Moon said U.S. soldiers will continue
to protect the peninsula… even if a peace treaty is signed with Pyongyang. Our chief Cheongwadae correspondent Moon Connyoung
reports. The U.S. troops stationed in South Korea will
remain in the country even if a deal is reached to formally end the 1950 to 1953 Korean War. That’s the South Korean government’s official
stance. “Let me quote President Moon: ‘The issue of
U.S. troops stationed in South Korea is a matter of South Korea, U.S. alliance. It has nothing to do with signing any peace
treaties.’ ” The presidential Blue House was responding
to questions about an op-ed piece written by the South Korean president’s special adviser
and academic Moon Chung-in. In an article published in the Monday edition
of the U.S. magazine Foreign Affairs, the former Yonsei
University professor argued that it would be difficult to justify the presence of the
U.S. forces in South Korea if a peace treaty was signed to put an end to the Korean conflict…
as agreed at the historic inter-Korean summit last week. Washington stations 28-thousand-5-hundred
troops in South Korea as a legacy of the conflict, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. While North Korea has been vocally opposed
to the U.S. troops in the past… there was no explicit mention of them in the Panmunjom
Declaration reached at the end of the summit between President Moon and Chairman Kim on
April 27th. The Blue House Spokesperson added that Special
Advisor Moon Chung-in has received a special phone call from the top office and was asked
not to create any confusion about the president’s stance on this matter. “The South Korean president’s swift disaster
control and clarifying his stance is seen as his efforts to rid any roadblocks or possible
conflict between South Korea and the U.S. especially ahead of the highly-anticipated
North Korea, U.S. summit… in this excruciatingly delicate dance toward Korean peace that may
have just begun. As part of that effort, President Moon will
hold a rare meeting with the chiefs of the nation’s five constitutional institutions
on Thursday to personally explain the outcome of last week’s inter-Korean summit. Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House.”

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