October 19, 2021

US to keep troops in South Korea after Afghanistan pullout: White House

Top official stresses the two countries are ‘fundamentally different’ situations

The U.S. has no intention of withdrawing any forces from South Korea, the U.S. national security adviser said on Tuesday, as allies monitor the U.S. pullout from and subsequent collapse of Afghanistan.

Jake Sullivan delivered the reassurance at a press briefing in response to a question about whether U.S. troops would leave the Korean Peninsula. He stressed that Afghanistan is a “fundamentally different” situation from other countries.