The fate of the US troops stationed on the territory of South Korea will depend on negotiations with the American allies, as well as with representatives of North Korea. This was stated by the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, before a meeting with Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaschak, reports CNN.
As he said, the American diplomats are engaged in the decision of a question on negotiations. “Now we need to keep pace with this process, negotiate and not try to put forward preconditions or assumptions about how [the process] will occur. Now the diplomats must get down to work, “Mattis said.
The head of the Pentagon stressed that he would not predict the outcome of the talks between Seoul and Pyongyang. “I do not have a crystal ball. We will need to see what they will lead to, but this is the work of diplomats. We are optimistic about the opportunity that has appeared for the first time since 1950, “said Mattis. In 1950, Korea began a war that lasted three years and ended with the division of the country into the northern and southern parts.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Mun Zhe Ying met on April 27 in the demilitarized zone on the border between the two countries. As a sign of reconciliation between Seoul and Pyongyang, the leaders of the DPRK and the Republic of Korea planted a pine tree and embraced each other. Following the talks, Kim Jong-un and Mun Zhe Ying agreed to work on the “full denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.
Kim Jong-un on April 21 announced the stopping of nuclear and missile tests, as well as the closure of the nuclear test site in the north of the DPRK. President of the United States Donald Trump said on April 27 that his meeting with the North Korean leader will take place in the next few weeks. “We will look for ways to denuclearize North Korea and the entire Korean peninsula,” Trump said, aiming the negotiations.