Biden’s policy contradicts Seok-Yul.. a decisive response regarding nuclear exercises with South Korea Updated Tuesday 1/3/2023 11:07 AM Abu Dhabi time US President Joe Biden, on Tuesday, increased the inconsistency and ambiguity regarding nuclear exercises with South Korea. And Biden’s account contradicted that of his South Korean counterpart Yoon Sok-yul, who confirmed that Washington and Seoul are discussing the possibility of organizing joint exercises using US nuclear capabilities. Boiling on the Korean Peninsula.. Seoul and Washington discuss conducting nuclear maneuvers, nuclear and ballistic weapons.. North Korean leader receives 2023 with exceptional ordersThe US President confirmed, in response to a question from reporters at the White House, after returning from a vacation in the US Virgin Islands, during which he was accompanied by his national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, that “Washington is not discussing joint nuclear exercises with South Korea.” Escalating tension The South Korean president’s remarks led to an escalation of tension with North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong-un described his southern neighbor as a “certain enemy.” Yoon’s remarks came during an interview with the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, published Monday, during which he called for “preparing for war with great and overwhelming capabilities.” He added that “the nuclear weapons – in which the exercises will be conducted – are owned by the United States, but planning, information exchange and military exercises must be shared by the United States and South Korea.” Yoon Sok-yul’s comments came after a year that saw a record number of North Korean missile tests. Extended deterrence.. what does it mean? During his remarks, the South Korean president referred to the term “extended deterrence”, which means the ability of the US military, especially the nuclear forces, to deter any attacks against any US ally. “The joint planning and exercises aim to increase the effectiveness of the extended deterrence,” Yoon Sok-Yul said, noting that “Washington has shown great welcome to this idea.” Pyongyang vows In light of the escalation of tension, Kim Jong Un ordered the development of new intercontinental ballistic missiles, and a “massive increase” in the country’s nuclear arsenal. In remarks reported by North Korea’s state news agency KCNA, Kim pledged to develop a ballistic missile system “the main task of which is a rapid nuclear counter-strike” to boost his country’s nuclear power. And last Sunday, Pyongyang launched a short-range ballistic missile off its east coast, after launching 3 ballistic missiles on Saturday.
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