Monday, October 04, 2004

Troop reduction, 2008

US troop reduction in South Korea will not be completed until 2008:

The United States has agreed to delay a deadline for its planned troop reductions in South Korea until 2008 at the request of the Seoul government, a news report said Monday.

The deadline was pushed back by three years under a tentative agreement to be announced this week, Seoul's Yonhap news agency said.

The United States originally planned to withdraw by next year 12,500 troops, a third of the number deployed in South Korea since the end of the 1950-1953 war with the communist North.

"The withdrawal of US troops will be gradually made and completed by 2008, three years later than the initially offered 2005, as the US side accepted the South Korean request," Yonhap said, citing the tentative accord.

Neither South Korean defense ministry nor US military officials in Seoul could confirm the report.


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