On the Side of Maintaining Troops in Japan and South Korea

Regarding the article "Asian Allies Say US Military Presence Is Indispensable," Nov. 10: The Removal of United States troops from Japan and South Korea would be a disaster. The presence of our troops helps maintain peace in this unstable region. With the threat of North Korea building a nuclear bomb, the political situation becomes more uncertain.

Although Japanese and South Korean officials have met to discuss improving their relations, our presence is vital in assuring calm waters. If our government lessens defense abroad and at home, it may be acting prematurely. If our troops are removed, this could destroy any diplomatic, economic, or cultural relations. Mark D. Presley, Florence, Ala.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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