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Cracks may be emerging in the so-called ironclad military alliance between South Korea and the U.S., stoking worries in Seoul that the Trump administration is looking at withdrawing troops from the peninsula.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper isn’t ruling out reductions to U.S. Forces Korea, telling a forum Tuesday that, while no order has been given, the administration was looking to adjust its posture globally. He was responding to a July 17 report in the Wall Street Journal saying that the Pentagon had given President Donald Trump options to draw down troops amid a deadlock over the U.S.’s demands for more funding.

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