Police raid striking doctors' homes, offices, after deadline passes on return-to-work order
Yoon touts improved Japan ties on Independence Movement Day as gateway to 'new world'
S. Korea, US voice 'deep concern' over NK's definition of S. Korea as 'hostile' country
S.Coups of Seventeen gets military exemption due to knee injury
Korean stocks benefit from Zuckerberg's Seoul visit
Vote on bill to probe first lady lays bare Democratic Party split
Address by President Yoon Suk Yeol on the 105th March 1st Independence Movement Day
[Editorial] A country for children
Cooperation among N. Korea, Russia, China, Iran raises possibility of 'simultaneous conflicts': US general
NewJeans, Silica Gel win 3 prizes at KMAs; Beenzino nets album of the year
US House passes defense bill restricting drawdown of troops in S. KoreaBy Yonhap
Published : July 27, 2018 - 09:18
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, which approves $716 billion for defense in fiscal year 2019, passed the House by a vote of 359-54. Upon Senate approval, it will be sent to USPresident Donald Trump to sign into law.
The bill notes that about 28,500 American troops are currently stationed in South Korea as a demonstration of the UScommitment to the bilateral alliance.
Their "significant removal" is "a non-negotiable item as it relates to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" of North Korea, the bill says under a section describing the Sense of Senate on USmilitary forces on the Korean Peninsula.
In a conference report accompanying the legislation, Congress also prohibits the use of the funds to reduce the troops' number below 22,000 without certification from the secretary of defense that "such a reduction is in the national security interest of the United States and will not significantly undermine the security of United States allies in the region."
The defense secretary would also be required to certify that he has "appropriately consulted with allies of the United States, including the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Japan, regarding such a reduction."
The restriction comes as Trump has repeatedly indicated a willingness to eventually pull out American forces from South Korea. Critics say such a move would play into the hands of China and North Korea, which wish to see UStroops removed from near their border. (Yonhap)
Opposition leader retains ticket to his constituency
Car camping: How solo female campers enjoy outdoors
Tensions loom as doctors plan mass rally in deepening clash over med school quota