President Donald Trump gave another indication that he may be considering pulling some United States troops out of South Korea after he reportedly ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for a drawdown, according to a New York Times report published on Thursday.
The move comes just weeks before the president is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and days after the two Koreas held a summit at the Demilitarized Zone, where they laid the foundation for a formal end to the Korean War and discussed ways to denuclearize the peninsula.
North Korea has apparently agreed to release three American citizens ahead of a U.S.
Even as Washington presses for the release of the three American prisoners, the parents of a usa college student who died a year ago soon after being release from captivity in North Korea have sued Pyongyang over their son's death, saying Otto Warmbier was "brutally tortured and murdered".
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The three men were believed to have been transferred to a Pyongyang hotel in anticipation of their release.
As North Korea holds summit meetings with its archenemies - first South Korea, and soon the US - China is hustling not to lose influence. "Stay tuned!" the president wrote.
Early Thursday, reports emerged that North Korea was to release three U.S. prisoners at some point in the day.
Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk were both arrested in the North previous year.
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The two leaders took a private walk together on a bridge after Mr Kim crossed through the checkpoints to South Korea and analysts have been scouring the video footage to see what was said. They were employees at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a private university in the North's capital.
The detainees - who remain in North Korea but would be handed over prior to or during the summit - had been accused of espionage or "hostile acts".
Tony Kim, a US citizen in his late 50s briefly taught accounting at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, or PUST, the only privately run university in the country - funded largely by evangelical Christians in the United States and China, USA Today reports. Kim Dong-chul was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor on charges of spying.
However, is it the right time for the U.S.to consider reducing its troop presence in South Korea?
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