Listen to this article Biden: North Korea Would Face Regime’s End In The Event Of A Nuclear Attack
President Biden delivered a stern warning on Tuesday that any nuclear attack by North Korea against the United States or its allies would lead to the end of the regime responsible. His comments were made during a state visit by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, during which the two leaders agreed on a series of steps to deter North Korea.
Deployment of US Military Hardware
Biden announced that the United States will deploy a ballistic missile submarine to the western Pacific for the first time since the 1980s, followed by other US military hardware. These measures are part of the “Washington Declaration,” which includes establishing a consultative group to discuss how to deter North Korea from using its nuclear weapons and plan responses to any actions. This group will be similar to the US’s partnership with European allies during the Cold War.
Strengthening Extended Deterrence
President Yoon spoke about the significance of strengthening extended deterrence of the two countries against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. He emphasized that peace on the Korean Peninsula does not happen automatically and that achieving peace requires overwhelming forces instead of a false peace based on goodwill. South Korea has requested and the US has promised to give Seoul a bigger say in how to deter North Korea, including more joint planning, consultation, and intelligence sharing.
Joint Military Drills
To enhance deterrence, the US is stepping up joint military drills with South Korea, including the deployment of US aircraft carriers, strategic bombers, and submarines. In November 2022, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pledged to make such deployments a routine occurrence.
Commitment to Non-Proliferation Treaty
Also as the declaration emphasizes the US’s commitment to defend South Korea, Seoul will reaffirm its commitment to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Washington has made it clear that it will not redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea.
North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal
North Korea has been testing its growing nuclear arsenal, including a new solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile. The regime has also revamped its nuclear doctrine to include the possibility of preemptive strikes.
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