The American public still perceives North Korea as one of the top threats to the U.S, and experts say that a U.S. alliance with South Korea is still needed.
“The public sees the alliance with South Korea both as a desirable means by which to manage the North Korean weapons threat, and as a necessary means of reducing the risk of North Korean aggression against South Korea or against American interests,” wrote Scott Snyder, a senior fellow in Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Karl Friedhoff, a fellow in Asia policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a post on Tuesday.
Denmark, too, added that there is a need to maintain a robust U.S. military presence in Korea, Japan and across the Indo-Pacific as long as North Korea represents a threat.
The American people, therefore, would likely only support a reduction but not a complete withdrawal of American troops in South Korea, Snyder and Friedhoff said.
“Coordination with South Korea remains an essential part of any effort to achieve a peace and denuclearization deal with North Korea,” they wrote.