March 25, 2023

Yoon asks US to strengthen deterrence against North Korea to dispel ROK concerns

In meeting with Pentagon chief, South Korean president also calls for expanding scale of upcoming joint military drills

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol asked the U.S. to push forward discussions about strengthening extended deterrence to allay ROK citizens’ concerns about North Korean weapons of mass destruction.

Yoon made the request to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during a meeting at the presidential office on Tuesday, a few weeks after the South Korean leader remarked that Seoul could rapidly develop nuclear weapons if DPRK threats become more “serious.”