01 September 2017

News Story: S. Korea confirms basic stance of denuclearized Korean Peninsula

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday confirmed the country's basic stance of the denuclearized Korean Peninsula following local media reports that Defense Minister Song Young-moo mentioned the re-deployment of a tactical nuclear weapon during talks with his U.S. counterpart.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck told a press briefing that the government's basic position is the Korean Peninsula's denuclearization via the complete dismantlement of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear program.

His comments followed Yonhap news agency reporting that Minister Song, who was on a five-day trip to the United States, mentioned the tactical nuclear weapon re-deployment in his bilateral talks in Washington with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

An unnamed South Korean government official was quoted as saying the re-deployment was mentioned during the talks though it was not discussed in detail.

Another government official was quoted as saying it was the mentioning of the opinions coming from opposition parties and some of local media outlets.

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