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Offbeat Dem senators move to halt potential U.S. troop withdrawal from S. Korea

21:15  13 june  2018
21:15  13 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

N. Korea military 'all quiet' ahead of summit: Mattis

  N. Korea military 'all quiet' ahead of summit: Mattis The North Korean military shows no signs of unusual activity or being in a heightened state of readiness ahead of a historic summit in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. "All's quiet," Mattis told Pentagon reporters when asked his assessment of North Korean military activity. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday in Singapore, capping a remarkable build-up to the summit that Trump at one point canceled.Mattis also repeated earlier comments that, as far as he knew, the large US troop presence in South Korea would not factor into discussions.

The withdrawal of U . S . troops from Afghanistan describes the draw down of United States Armed Forces in the Afghanistan war and the plans after its post-2014 presence when most combat troops

U . S . troop withdrawal could be up for negotiation if North Korea and South Korea can solidify a lasting peace deal, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. Mattis was cautious in his response to a question on the potential for withdrawals following the historic meeting Friday of the leaders of North

a group of people in uniform© Provided by The Hill A pair of Democratic senators on Wednesday introduced an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would stop President Trump from withdrawing U.S. forces from South Korea without the Pentagon's input.

The amendment "would help prevent the President from making a rash decision about troop reductions on the Korean Peninsula that negatively impacts our national security," Sens. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.) said in a joint statement.

Introduced for the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the provision would stop a withdraw "unless the U.S. Secretary of Defense certifies it is in our national security interest and would not significantly undermine the security of our allies in the region."

Pentagon: Mattis not surprised by Trump halting South Korea drills

  Pentagon: Mattis not surprised by Trump halting South Korea drills Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was not caught off guard by President Donald Trump's announcement that he was suspending military exercises with South Korea, a spokeswoman said.Pressed on whether he was surprised by the decision to halt the military drills, spokeswoman Dana White said: "There were no surprises.

He brought the entire U . S . Senate membership over to the White House for a briefing on the potential confrontation. Especially since there is a very easy way to remove the North Korean target from American cities. Withdraw U . S . troops from the Republic of Korea .

U . S . troop withdrawal could be up for negotiation if North Korea and South Korea can solidify a lasting peace deal, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. Mattis was cautious in his response to a question on the potential for withdrawals following the historic meeting Friday of the leaders of North

The amendment was introduced following Trump's announcement Tuesday that the U.S. would cease its joint military drills with South Korea as long as talks with North Korea are ongoing. The halted exercises seem to be a concession to Pyongyang, which has repeatedly claimed that the drills are practice for a strike against North Korea.

Trump on Wednesdaycontinued to tout his decision to suspend the military exercises as he returned from meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

"We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith — which both sides are!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

While a reduction in U.S. troops on the Korean peninsula was not on the table in discussions with Kim, Trump did say that "at some point" he wants "to get our soldiers out."

McConnell: Any North Korea deal should be submitted to Congress

  McConnell: Any North Korea deal should be submitted to Congress Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that the administration should submit any deal with North Korea to Congress. "I think there would be widespread interest in Congress for having involvement. [If] the president can reach a significant agreement with North Korea, I hope it takes the form of a treaty," McConnell told reporters.McConnell noted there was "precedent" for the administration making a deal without a treaty and what route they end up taking "will be up to them, but I do believe they'll need to come to Congress in some form.

In a letter to be sent to Trump on Monday, the 18 senators said they are “deeply concerned about the potential consequences of a preemptive military Last week, somewhat lost in the shuffle of the State of the Union address, the nominee for US Ambassador to South Korea withdrew from consideration

Dems lack heir apparent this time MORE' s announcement that the Pentagon will halt military drills with South Korea during negotiations with North Korea . Perdue said he believes “it’ s very premature to talk about removal of troops from South Korea ,” but added that he is hopeful from the results of the

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday said the U.S. will not pull any of its 28,500 troops from the Korean peninsula.

"We're not engaged in any reduction of U.S. forces talks, and I think we all wait until after this settles and we go forward," Mattis said of the talks between Trump and Kim.

Duckworth said any discussion of withdrawing U.S. forces from the Korean peninsula must be tied to concrete and verifiable changes in North Korea's behavior "and it must be done in close consultation with our allies."

Murphy, meanwhile, said in the statement that he's "freaked out that the president will order troops out of South Korea only for North Korea to, once again, break their word."

"I'm all for bringing troops home when North Korea no longer poses an existential threat to our friends, but that day is a long time from now — and Congress needs to have a say," Murphy added.

Pentagon indefinitely suspends some more training exercises with South Korea .
<p>The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises, the Pentagon said on Friday, in the aftermath of the summit earlier this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.</p>The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises, the Pentagon said on Friday, in the aftermath of the summit earlier this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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