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North Korea Crisis

US troops in South Korea loom large as East Asian leaders meet

Abe, Moon and Li weigh impact on security balance if presence is shrunk

The future of U.S. troops in South Korea is expected to be a key topic in negotiations over the North Korean crisis.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The fate of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea is expected to figure heavily in the calculations of Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing leaders as they discuss the path to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will hold their countries' first three-way summit in two and a half years on Wednesday, trying to coordinate strategies ahead of the anticipated U.S.-North Korean summit.

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