The regime in North Korea has withdrawn its demand that the US should recall its forces that are deployed in the Korean peninsula. This was said by the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in. The US Defense department has over 25,000 soldiers deployed south of the Demilitarized Zone. The presence of these troops has for a long time become a thorn in the flesh of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. President Moon said that Kim was willing to give up removal of the American military in the South as a precondition for diplomacy regarding the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Moon said that the regime in the north was willing to give up its nuclear weapons program without the condition of removing US forces from the south. President Moon said that Kim had come to terms that the US would never withdraw troops from the region that has been historically unstable. President Moon is scheduled to meet Kim Jong Un in the coming week in the Demilitarized Zone in a summit that will be historic. The Demilitarized Zone or the DMZ is the border that separates North Korea and South Korea. Moon said that Kim was interested in ending the economic sanctions that had been put on his country by both the US and the UN to force them to abandon the weapons program.
Both Washington and Pyongyang have agreed to send representatives to the summit. The concessions by North Korea come only a few days after US President Donald Trump said that he would skip the summit if Pyongyang would not level to his expectations. In March, Kim Jong Un signaled that he would not be opposing a joint military exercise between the US and South Korea. The joint military exercise was postponed to allow the winter Olympics to take part in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang undisturbed. The annual military exercises have been a bone of contention to the North Korean leader who termed them as an act of war against his regime and its security.
A delegation that had been sent to North Korea by President Moon reported that Kim Jong Un understands South Korea’s position regarding the joint military strikes with the United States. Kim also says that he expects that the joint military exercises will be readjusted after the security situation in the peninsula has stabilized. American military chiefs have said that they will not be putting the joint drills on the negotiating table.