S Korea, US to discuss North’s nuclear plan

January 15, 2014 - 11:35:35 am
Seoul:  South Korea and the United States will hold a senior-level defence meeting to discuss ways to counter threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme and weapons of mass destruction. 

The Extended Deterrence Policy Committee will hold its third table-top exercise at the US Pacific Command in Hawaii to discuss how to apply a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against North Korean weapons programme.  

The move comes after defence ministers of the allies last year signed the tailored deterrence strategy to strengthen the American nuclear umbrella on the Korean Peninsula in light of Pyongyang’s third nuclear test in February 2013.

South Korea’s Deputy Defence Minister Ryu Se-seung will meet with his American counterparts, including Elaine Bunn, deputy assistant secretary of defence for nuclear and missile defence policy, and David Helvey, deputy assistant secretary of defence for East Asia, to enhance interoperability. 

During the bilateral summit in November, US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel pledged to support deterrence capabilities with the full range of its military capabilities.              Agencies