US, South Korea planning response to any North Korea ‘nuclear use:’ White House

SpaceWar.com reports: “Washington and Seoul are planning an ‘effective coordinated’ response if North Korea uses nuclear weapons, the White House warned on Tuesday.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and US President Joe Biden have ‘tasked their teams to plan for an effective coordinated response to a range of scenarios, including nuclear use by North Korea,’ a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House said.

The NSC spoke out after confusion emerged in media reports about the allies’ response to nuclear sabre rattling from Pyongyang.

On Monday, Biden had said ‘no’ when asked if joint nuclear exercises were a possibility, seemingly contradicting earlier comments from Yoon.

The NSC spokesman clarified that joint exercises were not an option because South Korea does not have its own nuclear weapons.

However, ‘the United States is fully committed to our alliance… and providing extended deterrence through the full range of US defense capabilities,’ the spokesman said…”

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