South Korea asks US for ‘strategic assets’ after nuke threat

A delegation representing South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol met with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Washington on Tuesday.

Topics for discussion included South Korea’s desire for more American “strategic assets” to be used to “bolster enhanced deterrence” as tensions with North Korea rise.

North Korea welcomed the new government in Seoul by engaging in a bizarrely vicious battle over a routine speech by the outgoing government’s defense minister. Dictator Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong points to North Korea’s hyperbolic response threatened to attack Seoul with nuclear weapons on Tuesday.

South Korea has long been accustomed to the bellicose rhetoric of the north’s psychotic communist tyranny, but the meeting with Sullivan suggests Yoon has serious concerns about escalating tensions when he takes office.

Speaking on behalf of South Korea’s new president, Rep. Park Jin of Yoon’s People Power Party — a front-runner for foreign minister in the new government — spoke at the White House with the usual pleasantries before “holding consultations on ways to strengthen the common defense stance of.” South Korea and the US and strengthen US enhanced deterrence.”

“Deploying strategic assets is an important part of strengthening enhanced deterrence, as I just said. You can understand that South Korea and the US discussed the issue today with that in mind,” Park said.

Yonhap News The “strategic value” mentioned is usually interpreted to mean “impressive military equipment such as nuclear-powered submarines, aircraft carriers and long-range bombers”.

“South Korea’s defense ministry previously said in a report to President-elect Yoon’s transition team that it would hold talks with the US on sending US strategic assets to South Korea amid rising tensions with North Korea,” Yonhap reported.

After meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Park called The White House agreed on “the importance of renewed activity by the advisory group on an enhanced deterrent that has not worked as it should.”

The Moon administration apparently lost interest in some of the consultations Park was referring to, preferring instead to engage in diplomacy with the North Korean regime. Yoon ran on a platform to become tougher on Pyongyang after Moon’s low-key strategy failed to produce significant results.

foreign policy argued in March that the Moon government has fundamentally misunderstood the nature and goals of the Kim regime, which seeks to take over or conquer South Korea under the guise of “reunification,” and has failed to establish lasting peaceful relations with Seoul.

“Yoon has promised ‘strategic clarity’ when explaining South Korea’s pro-US stance on US-China relations matters. The President-elect also spoke about the importance of liberal democracy and human rights in Seoul’s foreign policy.” foreign policy added.

If Yoon is truly determined to stand up to China, his determination to secure more American strategic assets should give him an opportunity to resist very soon. China is reliably angry by sending such US funds to South Korea, in part because the Chinese argue that advanced American sensor systems can see beyond North Korean territory and into China.

Yoon has too promised to resume joint military exercises with the United States after Moon scaled them back to placate Pyongyang. In fact, Yoon reportedly wants to expand the drills to increase their deterrent value, potentially adding nuclear-capable bombers for the first time in five years.

Park did not directly address those reports in the White House, although he did suggest that spring exercises could resume this year.

“We agreed that the most important thing is to maintain deterrence so that we can respond vigorously to possible North Korean provocations,” he said.

“Issues related to North Korea’s nuclear threats, economic security and many other challenges are being raised, and we aim to take the comprehensive strategic alliance one step further to address these issues together,” Park said called.

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