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The proposed troop withdrawal would be the first major U.S. reduction since the early 1990s, though there was a bigger one in the early 1970s when President Richard Nixon removed one-third of the roughly 60,000 troops in South Korea amid a measure of detente with Moscow and Beijing.
Prior to that, the United States carried out large troop reductions in the years immediately after the Korean War, winnowing down the number from about 325,000 troops at the end of the war.
The two allies finished two-day discussions Tuesday over another sensitive issue: plans to move U.S. troops away from the tense border with communist North Korea to points farther south of Seoul.
North Korea could view the move as a sign of U.S. weakness as the North wrangles with its neighbors and Washington over its nuclear weapons development. Alternatively, North Korea might think the United States is aggressively moving its troops out of harm's way so it has more flexibility to conduct a military strike on the North. U.S. officials have said they have no plans to invade North Korea.
Originally posted by UM_Gazz
You cannot believe that the world is just going to sit by and let this insane man build nuclear weapons while making threats can you?
[edit on 8-6-2004 by UM_Gazz]
Originally posted by Leveller
North Korea has literally thousands of artillery pieces trained on Seoul. They could literally wipe the place off the face of the map within minutes.
Originally posted by gmcnulty
I said it and it was said sarcastically and derisively.
To do so is a g-d damned waste of time…………..in common parlance its practice is called “bullsh7tting” or “gossiping” ………………..not something serious people spend to much time doing...........
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
One last thing to throw in....
I am new so this might have been brought up before.. here goes..
I found it unbelieveable that the 2 trains collided in front of the station in NK causing the immense explosion a few weeks ago...... what was the official news report? One train carried gunpowder or ammonium nitrate and this caused the devastation? I always thought that most trains, regardless of country, slowed to a crawl when approaching any station so how could a high speed collision occur at the station.
On top of that the NK leader was supposed to be at that station at that timeframe, but for left 9 hours prior to a "talk with the kids" who were killled in the event.