The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friday criticized the United States for deploying its armed forces in South Korea, and urged Washington to withdraw its troops from the Korean Peninsula as soon as possible.
"The U.S. forces' presence in South Korea poses an actual danger to ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula," said a commentary filed by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
"If the United States truly wants peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, it had better make a bold decision to pull its forces out of South Korea at an early date as this is a touchstone for showing its will for peace," the commentary added.
Around 28,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea in a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, leaving the two Koreas technically in a state of conflict.
The number of American troops is set to decline to 25,000 by 2008 as part of the Pentagon's worldwide realignment of its forces.