March 21, 2023

US not discussing ‘joint nuclear exercises’ with South Korea, Biden says

President appears to contradict Yoon Suk-yeol’s statement that allies planning larger role for Seoul in nuclear planning

The U.S. is not discussing “joint nuclear exercises” with South Korea, President Joe Biden said Monday, seemingly contradicting claims from ROK President Yoon Suk-yeol that the allies may re-envision extended deterrence on the Korean Peninsula.

Yoon had earlier said in an interview with the Seoul-based Chosun Ilbo newspaper that the allies are discussing ways to enhance South Korea’s involvement in exercises related to U.S. nuclear weapons.