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Trump Has No Plans on Withdrawal of US Troops From South Korea

© AP Photo / Evan VucciU.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore.
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump on Sunday said that he had not discussed the withdrawal of US troops from South Korea with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in light of the upcoming summit between the leaders.

"Yeah, I mean we haven't talked about anything else. Maybe someday. I mean who knows. But you know it's very expensive to keep troops there. You do know that. We have 40,000 troops in South Korea, it's very expensive. But I have no plans, I've never even discussed removing them," Trump told the CBS broadcaster, when asked whether Washington plans to keep US troops in South Korea.

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The US president also noted that there was a "good chance" of achieving a deal with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un at the upcoming second US-North Korea summit.

"But there's also a very good chance that we will make a deal. I think he's also tired of going through what he's going through," Trump told CBS News.

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This comes after the US leader said on Thursday that he would announce the date and location of the new summit with Kim next week.

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