US and South Korea Reach New Agreement

US Sending Nuclear Submarines to South Korea

( – North Korea has been a bit of a loose cannon over the last year or so, which has prompted several nations to call out Kim Jong-un and his regime for its behavior. The US and South Korea have carried out joint exercises to strengthen response and defense capabilities. Now, the two nations have come to an agreement, and it involves nuclear submarines.

On Wednesday, April 26, the US and South Korea agreed to a deal that reaffirms Washington’s support of Seoul. It involves the concept of extended deterrence, an assurance that the US will use its nuclear arsenal to respond to or dissuade an attack from North Korea despite the risk of retaliation on its own soil. In return for allowing South Korea to play a prominent role in the strategic planning and having more of a say in how America responds to North Korea’s provocations and any potential attacks, the Asian country agreed not to create its own arsenal.

In order to reassure South Korea that the US is willing to protect its Asian ally, the agreement, also known as the Washington Declaration, states that from time to time, one of the US nuclear ballistic missile submarines may dock in the country. However, there will be no nuclear weapons stationed on the peninsula. The accord will also improve the sharing of operations and plans and establish a nuclear consultative group.

President Joe Biden, who made the declaration alongside South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol, issued a veiled warning to North Korea. He said that should the country perpetrate a nuclear attack against the US, its partners, or allies, it “will result in the end of whatever regime were to take such action,” according to the Associated Press.

The New York Times reported that the agreement is a means of admitting that disarming North Korea is no longer a viable option. Rather, the nations must keep up with their defense training and strategic planning should the worst happen.

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