U.S. calls on S. Korea to deploy troops to Afghanistan
SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Saturday his country can consider deploying peace-keeping troops to Afghanistan in response to a U.S. proposal at summit talks early this week. Lee said his U.S. counterpart, President Barack Obama, asked him to send troops to the war-torn country, according to Park Sun-young, spokeswoman of the minor opposition Liberty Forward Party.
"Dispatching combat troops may be impossible, but we can consider sending peace-keeping forces to Afghanistan," he was quoted as saying.
South Korea withdrew its 200-strong team of medics and engineers from Afghanistan in 2007, ending several years of deployment under the U.S.-led war against terrorism.
|After all, the combat troops may soon be needed at home.|
Posted by: Steve White 2009-06-21