The United States has reaffirmed that it has no plan to diminish the presence of American troops stationed in South Korea.
Since last month's summit where leaders of the two Koreas agreed to seek a formal end to the Korean War, speculation has emerged that American forces here might have to downsize.
A Seoul foreign ministry official said, however, that the U.S. expressed its will to maintain the size and role of the U.S. Forces Korea in the latest talks between Seoul and Washington on their military cost-sharing agreement.
The allies have held three rounds of talks on the matter, and are set to open a fourth round next month in South Korea.
The U.S. maintains more than 28,000 troops in the country, a presence that has remained on the peninsula since the Korean War ended in a ceasefire in 1953.■
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