U.S. Secretary of the Army Christine Warmers said on the 15th that she was negative about the redeployment of nuclear weapons to South Korea in response to North Koreas nuclear threat.
Secretary Wormers said in a conversation held by the US think tank Hudson Institute on the topic of “U.S. Army in the Indo-Pacific region,” that there is a platform that South Korea is trying to make sure South Korea has confidence in about the US expansion deterrence. .
“I am hesitant to consider bringing nuclear weapons back to the Korean Peninsula, for example,” said Warmers. ; explained.
The point is that there is no need for a nuclear redeployment as there is a channel through which South Korea and the United States can discuss expansion deterrence.
The ROK and the US have been operating the Extended Deterrence Strategy Consultative Group with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense, but it is evaluated that it has not been operating properly since the inauguration of the Donald Trump administration.
President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol also offered the actual operation of EDSCG as a pledge.
In response to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes recent comments on the need to review the deployment of nuclear weapons in Japan, Minister Warmers responded to the effect that it is a phenomenon that repeatedly comes and goes like low tide.
He said ” It is very important that we have a very strong dialogue about extended deterrence so that both alliances can build trust.”
When asked whether the US, which is focusing on Russias invasion of Ukraine, could respond to the South China Sea or the Korean Peninsula issue at the same time, he answered ‘yes’.
“We try to ensure that we have an army sized to meet these needs, while reviewing other warfare and contingency plans,” he said.
“We were able to deploy troops from the United States to Europe very quickly because we were well prepared,” he said. “I try very hard to remain a deterrent even when responding to what is happening in Europe.”
“This is something to keep in mind if your adversaries are thinking about opportunistic attacks,” said Warmers, saying that the three major nuclear forces are an important part of maintaining deterrence.
The three major nuclear forces are intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and long-range strategic bombers.
This serves to deter the enemy from reckless preemptive strikes, and possessing all three means is required to be evaluated as a true nuclear power.