U.S. forces in South Korea not subject to North Korea-U.S. talks: South Korea official

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U.S. forces in South Korea not subject to North Korea-U.S. talks: South Korea official

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. forces in South Korea are not subject to negotiations between North Korea and the United States, as they are a matter for the alliance between United States and South Korea, a senior official in South Korea’s presidential office said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016. Courtesy Ken Scar/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would stop “expensive, provocative” war games with the South, following his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The senior official in the south Korean presidential office also said there had been discussions between North Korea and the United States on the goal of completing an “early” denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, before the Tuesday summit. The official did not elaborate.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Writing by Joyce Lee

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