U.S. alliance with S. Korea key deterrent to N. Korean threats: defense official

May 13, 2021

Yonhap News Agency:

A strong alliance between South Korea and the United States is key to deterring threats posed by China and North Korea, a U.S. defense official said Wednesday.

Leonor Tomero, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, said North Korea continues to advance its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities that are designed to strike the U.S. mainland.

“North Korea continues its unlawful production of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile capabilities in direct violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions,” she said in a written testimony submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee for a hearing on the day.

“North Korea’s nuclear capabilities constitute a significant and evolving threat to our allies and its tested ICBMs are designed to strike anywhere within the continental United States,” she said…

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