The US does not want rearm South Korea with nuclear weapons to match North.
“The US does not support the reintroduction of tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, although we certainly understand those feelings especially in light of the recent nuclear test (by the North),” Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, deputy commander of USFK and commander of the 7th Air Force was quoted by Korea Herald as saying at a forum in Seoul Thursday.
South Korea ended up giving nuclear weapons in 1970 for US-provided nuclear umbrella after a war with North Korea in 1950.
The call for nuclear rearmament has intensified after the North conducted what it claimed to be a missile-ready hydrogen bomb Sunday. Although many question the credibility of Pyongyang’s claim, it appears clear that the regime’s nuclear program is advancing much faster than expected, the report stated.
Recently, Seoul’s Defense Minister Song Young-moo revealed that he had brought up the issue during his talk with his US counterpart Jim Mattis at the Pentagon last week. The ministry later explained that it was mentioned as one of several ways to respond to the North Korean nuclear threat, but was not a proposal to bring nukes back to South Korea.
The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae has also dismissed the possibility. “The government respects the global non-proliferation regime and continues to align all its policy within that framework,” it said.
The US Forces in Korea (USFK) have transported four additional THAAD rocket launchers into its new base in Seongju despite fierce protests by local residents. The South Korean defense ministry has announced that the deployment has been completed in a ‘tentative step to counter urgent threats posed by North Korea,
US intelligence agents have reached South Korea to collect North Korea related information. The information gathering mission includes a review, and possibly an update of emergency evacuation plans for over 200000 Americans residing in South Korea,
Seoul is likely to double its missile warhead weight as US has agreed Monday “in principle” to remove a warhead weight limit on its missiles. However, the missiles would still be bound by a flight range cap of 800 km as no changes to the flight range were mentioned in the Blue House statement
South Korea's intelligence service has registered the transportation of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to the west coast of the country. The rocket started moving on Monday, a day after North Korea's sixth nuclear test, and was spotted moving at night to avoid surveillance, South Korea's Asia Business Daily reported
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