President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House [Evan Vucci/AP Photo]

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Taliban leaders are off and he was still thinking about a troop withdrawal in the country.

“They’re dead. They’re dead,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for North Carolina.

Months of US negotiations with the Taliban leaders, who control large parts of Afghanistan, ended on Saturday when Trump abruptly announced he was cancelling secret meetings at Camp David with the Taliban and the Afghan president. The talks were aimed at securing a peace deal to end nearly 20 years of war.

The developments came after US and Taliban officials last week agreed on

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