US, South Korea to draw up joint nuclear defense guideline against North Korean threat

US, South Korea to draw up joint nuclear defense guideline against North Korean threat — Yonhap

/ 11:59 AM December 16, 2023

S.Korean, U.S. officials meet for first nuclear planning group with eye on North Korea

Principal Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Tae-hyo and U.S. National Security Council Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell pose for photographs during a press conference at the Presidential Office in Seoul, South Korea, July 18, 2023. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/ File Photo

SEOUL — The United States and South Korea plan to draw up joint guidelines on nuclear defense strategy by the middle of next year and establish an integrated system to deter North Korea’s nuclear weapons, Yonhap news agency said on Saturday.

Washington and Seoul have decided to complete a comprehensive guideline by next year on how to contain and respond to Pyongyang’s nuclear threat together, Yonhap reported, citing Kim Tae-hyo, South Korea’s deputy national security adviser speaking to reporters in the U.S.


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The guideline is expected to include methods of sharing sensitive information related to North Korea’s nuclear weapons, the consultation process in the event of a nuclear crisis, and real-time communication channels between the two countries’ leaders, it said.


The U.S. and South Korea are also expected to include nuclear operation exercises in next year’s joint military drills, Yonhap said.

North Korea may test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this month, which is a nuclear threat regardless of its range because it can carry a nuclear warhead, Kim had said on Friday.

North Korea has developed and tested a range of ballistic missiles that can reach targets in South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. mainland.

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