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South Korea threatens North, raises tensions

Frank Smith
Press TV, Seoul

North Korea last week legislated how it would use nuclear weapons in case it is attacked, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un saying it needs its nuclear deterrent to counter the United States. Days later, South Korea says it was ready– together with the US- for Pyongyang’s new law.

The US and South Korea recently completed the largest military exercises in more than four years. What North Korea views as threatening behavior Seoul Tuesday repeated with words.

In responding to North Korea’s so-called provocations– recent missile tests- South Korea has frequently mentioned the US extended deterrence- the use of American nuclear weapons in its defense. Peace activists believe the policy lacks imagination.

Many argue that the policy of engagement with Pyongyang, pursued by previous South Korean President Moon Jae-in, offers the path toward a lasting solution.

South Korean President Yoon has asked the US to permanently station strategic assets here, submarines, ships and aircraft- capable of delivering nuclear weapons. South Korean diplomatic and military officials will discuss so-called extended deterrence in Washington, Friday. The USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear powered supercarrier, is scheduled to visit South Korea later this month.

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