South Korea intends to extend the country's troop dispatch to Iraq for another year after downsizing the mission by half, President Roh Moo-hyun said Tuesday.
In a nationally televised address, Roh said the government made the decision in consideration of the country's alliance with the United States.
South Korea has 1,200 troops in Iraq and the mission is set to expire at the end of the year.
Washington has asked for the extension.
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