S. Korea to withdraw one-third of troops from Iraq

South Korea plans to bring home about one-third of its troops from Iraq next year, the Defense Ministry said Friday. Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung reported the plan to the ruling Uri Party on Friday, the ministry said. The announcement comes a day after South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun met US President George W. Bush in the South Korean city of Gyeongju, where the leaders insisted that their countries' alliance was strong and agreed to work together to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions.