July 01, 2022

US, ROK defense chiefs ‘strongly condemn’ North Korean nuclear test preparations

South Korean official maintains that a nuclear test is unlikely during Biden’s Seoul visit, however

Top defense officials from the U.S. and South Korea “strongly condemned” North Korea’s continued missile tests this year and “recent preparations for a nuclear test,” according to Seoul’s defense ministry Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and South Korean Minister of Defense Lee Jong-sup made the remarks during a phone call late Wednesday, their first conversation since ROK President Yoon Suk-yeol took office earlier this month.