US President Donald Trump says he is not changing his decision about the withdrawal of American troops from Syria despite reports that 400 troops will stay in the war-stricken country.
According to Press TV, in December, Trump ordered his commanders to execute a "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of American forces from Syria within 30 days, claiming that Daesh had been defeated there.
On Thursday, however, White House Press Secretary Sarah H. Sanders said that “a small peace keeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for (a) period of time."
A day after, a senior administration official said roughly 400 US troops will remain indefinitely in the country.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said Friday, "I am not reversing course," calling the number of troops, who will stay in Syria, "a very small tiny fraction" of the 2,000 forces serving there.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
Trump also said that drawing down American troops in South Korea was not on the table during his second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
"No, it's not. That is not one of the things on the table," Trump said when asked if he would consider withdrawing some of the 28,500 troops from South Korea.
Trump had said that he would meet with Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28.
In their first summit last year, the two leaders reached a vague denuclearization agreement. The ensuing talks between the two sides have had little progress since then.
North Korea has complained that the US has done little to reciprocate for its actions so far to dismantle some weapons facilities and freeze its weapons testing.
Pyongyang has denounced US "gangster-like behavior", saying Washington has betrayed the spirit of the June summit by making unilateral demands on the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, while keeping the sanctions in place.
On Friday, Trump also talked about the increasing tension between Pakistan and India, saying, "It's very dangerous situation between the two countries."
"Right now there is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what happened," he added.
The tension came after the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), one of the several armed outfits fighting Indian rule over Kashmir, took responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
At least 44 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed and dozens more wounded after a bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a military convoy in Kashmir on February 14.