Kim Jong-il agrees to U.S. troops: Kim DJ

Korea Herald

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il would allow U.S. troops to be stationed on the Korean Peninsula even after the reunification of the two Koreas, former President Kim Dae-jung said.

During an address at the Korea Society forum in New York on Tuesday, Kim said the North Korean leader had agreed to the idea during their summit in 2000.

North Korea has repeatedly criticized the U.S. troop presence in South Korea and demanded its withdrawal. Some 29,000 U.S. troops are stationed on the peninsula as a deterrent against the North’s 1.17 million troops.


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