North Korea, Seoul: “Possible nuclear exercises with the US”

Washington welcomed this idea “rather positively”

Seoul and Washington are discussing the possibility of carrying out joint exercises involving US nuclear assets in order to counter the growing threats from North Korea. This was announced by the South Korean president, Yoon Suk-yeol, in an interview with the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. Yoon admitted that the American “nuclear umbrella” and its “expanded deterrence” are no longer enough to reassure the South Koreans. “Nuclear weapons belong to the United States, but preparation, information exchange, exercises and training must be done jointly by South Korea and the United States,” the president said, adding that Washington welcomed this idea “rather positively”.

Yoon’s words come the day after those of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has called for an “exponential increase” in his country’s nuclear arsenal, according to reports from the official KCNA news agency. Kim also announced that the North will develop new ICBMs to deal with what it called “hostility” from the United States and South Korea.