SEOUL: The USA and South Korea will maintain discussion-based workout routines on addressing nuclear threats, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin mentioned Tuesday.
Washington and Seoul will conduct “more and more complicated scenario-based tabletop workout routines centered on nuclear threats on the peninsula,” Austin wrote in an op-ed revealed by the Yonhap information company, with out specifying when this may happen.
Austin is visiting Seoul for the third time as defence secretary, throughout which he’s to satisfy together with his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong-sup and President Yoon Suk-yeol.
His go to is geared toward deepening cooperation and discussing safety challenges, in addition to reaffirming “that the US prolonged deterrence dedication to the ROK (Republic of Korea) is ironclad,” he wrote.
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Army tensions on the Korean peninsula rose sharply final 12 months because the North performed sanctions-busting weapons exams practically each month, together with firing its most superior intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korean chief Kim Jong Un additionally lately referred to as for an “exponential” improve in Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal, and declared the North an “irreversible” nuclear state final 12 months.