24 August 2017

News Story: S. Korean gov't won't consider redeploying U.S. tactical nukes - presidential security adviser

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) -- Seoul reiterated Tuesday that it is not considering redeploying U.S. tactical nuclear arms as conservative lawmakers pressured it to change its stance amid North Korea's growing nuclear threats.

"The government is not considering tactical nukes deployment at all," said Chung Eui-yong, the head of the Presidential National Security Office, at a session by the Steering Committee of the National Assembly.

Such a move would make Seoul's commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula hollow, Chung said.

His remark came less than a week after the main opposition Liberty Korea Party adopted its demand for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear arms as an official party line amid North Korea's unceasing saber-rattling.

The U.S. arsenal was withdrawn when the two Koreas signed a joint declaration for a nuclear-free peninsula in 1991.

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