US Army Exercises in Pocheon, North Seoul, South Korea, March 25, 2015. © VOA

According to Pyongyang, South Korea has asked the United States to withdraw its military from its country.

After the Korean War (1950-1953), under the pretext of the absence of an official and permanent peace agreement, the United States was able to deploy 28,500 military personnel on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea has repeatedly demanded that US troops leave the region, but this is the first time it says it is up to its southern neighbor.

The North Korean government newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday (March 14th) criticized the Washington-Seoul talks for organizing the joint maneuvers in April.

The two countries declared that they will announce, on March 18, the day marking the end of the Paralympic Games in South Korea, their decision on the exact date that these military exercises will take place.

The North Korean newspaper also condemned the US-South Korea talks on sharing the cost of deploying US military personnel on the Korean peninsula. According to the new decision of the two countries, they decided, after six rounds of negotiations, that South Korea will assume $ 900 million in deployment costs. This decision must be ratified by the South Korean Parliament.

The voices in Pyongyang are rising against Seoul / Washington maneuvering and sharing their military costs, as North Korea prepares to meet with US and South Korean leaders.

According to the announced agreements, the leaders of the two Koreas will meet in April. As for the meeting of American and North Korean leaders, it must take place in May.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (G) shakes hands with the head of the South Korean National Security Bureau Chung Eui-yong on March 13, 2018, in Moscow. © AFP
In the wake, the head of the South Korean National Security Bureau Chung Eui-yong asked on Tuesday, March 13, the Russian authorities to participate in processes that could be “the hub” of the settlement of the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Chung Eui-yong, who is in Moscow, told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the Korean crisis should be resolved by peaceful means.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has promised to continue to work closely with South Korea to ensure the success of upcoming summits between the two Koreas and between North Korea and the United States, to present the results of his recent visits to Pyongyang and Washington.

Referring to the important role of Moscow, he added: “Russia continues to play a constructive role in the peaceful realization of the goal of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula and to make considerable efforts to lead North Korea and United States to dialogue. ”

He said, however, that Pyongyang can not be expected to wait for long-term negotiations, calling on Seoul and Washington not to repeat their past mistakes.


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