The use of nuclear weapons by North Korea will mean the end of this regime, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday after a meeting with South Korean President Jun Suk Jeol at the White House. The US will send submarines equipped with nuclear-tipped missiles to South Korea for the first time in more than 40 years, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. During the conference, the presidents of the US and South Korea announced the signing of the “Washington Declaration”, intended to strengthen consultations and cooperation between the two countries on the possible use of nuclear weapons.
“North Korea’s nuclear attack against the United States or its allies and partners is unacceptable and will result in the end of this regime,” Trump said. Joe Biden at a conference in the Rose Garden of the White House.
During the conference, the presidents of the US and South Korea announced the signing of the “Washington Declaration”, intended to strengthen consultations and cooperation between the two countries on the possible use of nuclear weapons.
“Unprecedented Enhancement of Extended Deterrence”
Joe Biden noted that while the final decision on the use of these weapons would still be his alone, he would make “every effort – where appropriate – to consult” with Seoul. He also noted that although United States If they do not deploy nuclear weapons in Korea, they will regularly send nuclear warships and bombers.
Biden said he would seek a “diplomatic breakthrough” to address the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and respond to the humanitarian crisis, while strengthening deterrence for the Pyongyang regime.
Jun said the declaration was an “unprecedented strengthening of expanded deterrence,” and the two countries agreed that in the event of an attack by the North, the presidents would consult immediately and respond with “overwhelming force, including the use of U.S. nuclear weapons.” He added that this should allay fears of an attack from North Korea.
The Korean president also pointed out that under the declaration there will be presidential consultations on the possible use of nuclear weapons, as well as the establishment of a permanent nuclear consultation group of officials from both countries. It is to deal with the exchange of information on nuclear forces, joint nuclear response planning and joint military exercises.
US and South Korean presidents on support for Ukraine
Biden and Jun confirmed that they will continue to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, but did not reveal any details about it.
– Strong support of the Republic of Korea for Ukraine is important because aggression Russia matters to countries around the world,” Biden said.
Jun said they agreed with Biden to “continue our cooperation and efforts to support Ukraine together with the international community.”
Media: The US will send submarines with nuclear weapons
The United States will send nuclear-tipped submarines to South Korea for the first time in more than 40 years to show support in the face of a North Korean threat, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
In the 1970s, during the Cold War, nuclear-armed U.S. submarines frequented South Korea, sometimes two or three times a month, according to data from the Federation of American Scientists. Hundreds of US nuclear warheads were stationed in South Korea at the time.
In 1991, the US withdrew all its nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula. A year later, Seoul and Pyongyang pledged not to “test, manufacture, manufacture, receive, possess, stockpile, deploy or use nuclear weapons,” the AP reminds.
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