DC Agrees To Stronger Nuclear Cooperation With South Korea
The U.S. announced the deployment of nuclear submarines to South Korea following a number of actions by Pyongyang as part of a wider agreement with Seoul.
The United States had not sent such nuclear submarines to the country in forty years. The decision is part of the Washington Declaration between Seoul and Washington.
The agreement was dubbed by the White House as a “truly global Alliance that champions democratic principles.”
The White House marked the joint decision as the 70th anniversary of the alliance between South Korea and the United States.
President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol met to sign the agreement, which includes an “enduring reliance on the U.S. nuclear deterrent.”
The White House stated that a nuclear attack by North Korea “will be met with a swift, overwhelming and decisive response.”
South Korea and Washington agreed to share nuclear intelligence as Western leaders fear it could be preparing for its seventh nuclear test.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently stated that the country would enhance its nuclear capability.
The country’s leader stated that he met with the Central Military Commission earlier this month regarding defense capacity.
He stated that the nation needed an improved nuclear deterrent, including “increasing speed on a more practical and offensive manner.”
North Korean state press stated that the United States and South Korea were “getting ever more undisguised in their moves for a war of aggression.”
North Korea has increased its weapons testing in recent months, threatening to react to American and South Korean drills and maneuvers.
Pyongyang stated that if the United States or United Nations attempted to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, it would see it as a “declaration of war.”
Last month, North Korea tested a number of missiles during joint U.S.-South Korean exercises.
The State Department condemned the North Korean actions, stating that it was “in violation of multiple Security Council resolutions, and it’s the latest in a series of launchers that post a threat” to North Korea’s neighbors.
Kim stated that the missile tests were successful and prepared the nation for a potential “immediate and overwhelming nuclear counterattack” against the nation’s enemies.