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Report: Mike Pompeo Doesn't Rule Out Troop Reduction

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By    |   Monday, 11 June 2018 05:04 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might have left the door open a crack on the issue of U.S. troops removal as a talking point between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

The Washington Examiner reported Monday, when Pompeo was asked by a reporter in Singapore on Monday if the security assurances the United States has prepared to offer Kim include a discussion of troops removal, Pompeo did not rule it out.

"I'm not going to get into any of the details of the discussions that we've had [Monday]," Pompeo said a briefing for the press, the Examiner reported. "I can only say this: We're prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than have been provided, than America's been willing to provide previously."

The U.S. has some 28,500 troops permanently stationed in South Korea.

Pompeo warned, however, not to read too much into his statement.

"You should assume that I'm simply refusing to tell you," he said, the Examiner reported. "We are not going to conduct these negotiations in the open with the media. We're going to conduct them between the two parties, so that we have an opportunity to have a real success here."

Meanwhile, at a Pentagon briefing, NBC News correspondent Hans Nichols tweeted Defense Secretary James Mattis – who has stood firmly that no U.S. troop withdrawals from South Korea would take place – was more circumspect.

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