February 25, 2024

US nuclear missile submarine visits South Korea for first time in four decades

Visit comes as allies hold inaugural meeting of Nuclear Consultative Group on deterring North Korean use of WMDs

The U.S. and South Korea held the first meeting of their new Nuclear Consultative Group (NCG) in Seoul on Tuesday, repeating their vow to “end” the North Korean regime if it uses weapons of mass destruction.

The meeting to discuss joint nuclear planning was timed with the allies’ announcement that the USS Kentucky, an American Ohio-class nuclear submarine, had arrived in the South Korean port of Busan — the first visit by a submarine capable of carrying nuclear-equipped ballistic missiles in around four decades, according to Seoul.