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The government said Friday it does not believe a reported U.S. plan to reduce the American military presence in South Korea will immediately mean soldiers there will be posted to Japan, but it wants Washington to provide more details.

“The (main part) of the U.S. forces in South Korea is the ground force to defend it from North Korea. It would be pointless to shift it to bases in the main islands of Japan and Okinawa,” a Foreign Ministry official said.

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