South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said the goal is for Washington to provide a “nuclear umbrella or extended deterrent” to his country.
The president of South Korea, Yoon Suk-yeol, revealed this Monday in an interview with the Chosun newspaper that his government is negotiating with Washington to carry out joint nuclear exercises, given what they perceive as threats from Pyongyang.
The president indicated that, although “nuclear weapons belong to the United States, information sharing, planning and training they must be carried out jointly.” He also clarified that the Biden Administration is “very positive” in this regard.
He also pointed out that the objective is for Washington to provide a “nuclear umbrella or extended deterrence” to the South Korean nation, which, he assured, should not be cause for concern, despite the fact that “it is difficult to convince public opinion in this regard.”
Yoon’s remarks come a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared that his country will increase “exponentially” the number of nuclear warheads. Kim accused Washington and Seoul of carrying out an “unprecedented plot” to “isolate and strangle” Pyongyang.