””””SEOUL, May 9 (Xinhuanet) -- South Korean Prime Minister Goh Kun Friday said
the South Korea-US alliance has been and always will be vitally important in
"deterring war on the Korean Peninsula," according to South Korean national news
agency Yonhap News.
””””The South Korean Premier made these remarks in a speech to the US 2nd
Infantry Division deployed in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which divided South
Korea and Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) earlier Friday.
””””"The South Korea people know well that the alliance is the crux of peace and
stability on the peninsula," Goh said to the US soldiers based in Uijeongbu,
north of Seoul.
””””The 2nd Infantry Division is one of US Forces Korea (USFK) units closest to the
military demarcation line in the zone. But, with Washington and Seoul now discussing
the issue of transferring more responsibility for national defense to
the South Korean military, the US division may be pulled back from the heavily
””””Moreover, Goh underscored that Seoul opposes any relocation of American
forces until after "concerns over the DPRK nuclear issue settled," reported
””””South Korea and the United States early April agreed in a military talks to
move out US Yongsan base in central Seoul as soon as possible and vowed to
continue discussions on the timing of the overall realignment process of the
””””As a symbol of military alliance, the United States has stationed some
37,000 troops in South Korea since the end of Korean War (1950-1953). Enditem