Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Harris meets with the South Korean leader; US reaffirms security commitment

Harris meets with the South Korean leader;  US reaffirms security commitment

Seoul – Vice President Kamala Harris in a meeting in Seoul with South Korean President Eun Suk-yol this Thursday committed Washington to maintain a so-called “extended deterrence” to defend Seoul against North Korean arms advances to be confirmed.

“I am here to strengthen the strength of our coalition and strengthen our joint work,” Harris said at the start of the meeting.

“The alliance between the Republic of Korea (the official name of South Korea) and the United States is evolving beyond the Korean peninsula into a global alliance and expanding from a military alliance to an economic and technological one,” he added. asked for.

“The Vice President reaffirmed America’s expanded deterrence commitment to the Republic of Korea, which is supported by the full range of US defense capabilities,” Harris’ office said in a statement issued after the meeting. who plans to visit the militarized border with North Korea today. ,

The so-called “extended deterrence” was a promise made to Yoon in May by US President Joe Biden, who pledged to deploy Pentagon strategic assets on the Korean peninsula “in a coordinated manner and when necessary” based on Pyongyang’s actions. .

According to the statement, Yoon and Harris “condemned the provocative nuclear rhetoric and ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the official name of North Korea), which violate UN Security Council resolutions, and for potential future provocations.” discussed our response to this, including trilateral cooperation with Japan.”

It was announced today that this Friday the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan will conduct joint maneuvers with South Korean and Japanese naval forces in the Sea of ​​Japan (known as the East Sea in the two Koreas).

The exercises, which seek to rehearse anti-submarine operations, come a day after Pyongyang launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan after another firing over the weekend, in an apparent reaction to the presence of all aircraft. Carrier Ronald Reagan in the field.

The last time Ronald Reagan visited the peninsula to conduct joint exercises was in September 2017, amid escalating tensions after the last North Korean nuclear test.

Seoul, Tokyo and Washington now want to send a message of strength in the belief that the regime, which has rejected all talks over the past three years and opted for a plan to modernize weapons, to conduct a new nuclear test. is ready. ,

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