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US will delay troop withdrawal from South Korea by 3 years.

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posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 05:15 PM
It looks like the administration may realize that removing troops from an area where there is a potential nuclear threat might not be such a good idea.

The original plan called for a reduction of 12,500 troops by the end of 2005 but that has now been pushed back to 2008. There will some reductions in the years before then but they will be smaller.

...Under a new deal, the US will push ahead with plans to pull out 12,500 troops, one-third of its forces in the country. But the deadline has been pushed back to 2008, three years later than originally scheduled...

...The US has also scrapped plans for the pullout of key military equipment targeting North Korea's heavy artillery.

The US military will withdraw 5,000 troops by the end of this year. Some 3,600 of those troops have already been redeployed to Iraq.

Next year, 3,000 more will go, followed by 2,000 in 2006 and a combined 2,500 in 2007 and 2008.

It seems like an odd thing to remove any troops at all from that area, given the situation next door in North Korea.
I still think they are a bigger threat than Iran and should be given more attention than Iran.

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