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US pledges its ‘nuclear capabilities’ to Asian ally

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FILE PHOTO: A US nuclear-capable ballistic missile submarine is seen at its homeport at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. © US Navy / MC 2nd Class Bryan Tomforde.

Washington has offered Seoul the “full range” of its military capabilities to deter North Korea, including US nuclear forces.

The US and South Korea say Pyongyang would face an “overwhelming decisive response” in the event of a nuclear strike, issuing the warning after North Korea codified its own nuclear doctrine into a new law.

Security officials from both nations gathered for an ‘Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group Meeting’ on Friday to discuss ways to “strengthen deterrence against DPRK aggression, and more broadly counter the DPRK threat,” using the North’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Much of the summit focused on nuclear issues, with the two sides pledging immediate retaliation to a potential future attack by North Korea.

“The United States and [South Korea] made clear that any DPRK nuclear attack would be met with an overwhelming and decisive response,” officials said in a joint statement, also voicing “serious concern over the DPRK’s escalatory and destabilizing messaging related to nuclear weapons use, including its adoption of the new nuclear policy law.”

Late last week, the North clarified its nuclear weapons policies in new legislation, saying it would launch a nuclear strike “automatically and immediately” if its own arsenal ever came under threat, though stressed that it keeps the bomb for defensive purposes only.

In response to the law, Washington reiterated its “ironclad and unwavering commitment to draw on the full range of its military capabilities” – including “nuclear, conventional, missile defense, and other advanced non-nuclear capabilities” – to defend South Korea, adding it would “continue to deploy and exercise strategic assets in the region.”

The US has long maintained a force of around 30,000 soldiers in South Korea and holds regular joint drills with Seoul, which have been repeatedly denounced by Pyongyang as provocative, and ‘rehearsals’ for an invasion.

Western officials have been predicting an imminent North Korean nuclear test in recent months, claiming the military is preparing to hold its first trial since 2017 despite no official announcement. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, however, recently vowed to advance his country’s atomic arsenal “at the fastest possible speed,” and has insisted the military must be prepared for a nuclear deployment against “hostile” foreign powers “at any time.”

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  1. South Koreans are working like slaves for US. So they would not like to see their cheap supplies from South Korea gone. US already keeps nuclear weapons all over the world and they can be deployed even using F16. It is not that North Korea is going to launch first. If they dont have nukes, they will be annihilated for sure. Zero sum game in the Korean peninsula.

  2. There is nothing new here. No major shift in doctrine. The US has always maintained a strong commitment to South Korea. All this is, is a reminder. We are still here, we are still packing, we are still ready, so don’t even think about it. As for your F16 comment, even a 1960’s A4 could do that. The real issue is, is China going to do something or nothing in the event North Korea is attacked and what level will that something will be. I think China won’t risk it. Calling the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is just a way of saying it’s all one country. In my view, President Trump had the right approach. Growing that relationship and gaining trust to help Kim Jong-un secure a better future for himself and NK was breaking the deadlock. Sooner or later, each man works out they are mortal. It’s what you can provide for others rather than what you take from others that defines how history will remember you.

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