The United States and South Korea have prepared for an “impending” North Korean “provocation.”
Seoul and Washington a “Plan B“If the DPR decides to conduct a nuclear test during US President Joe Biden’s three-day visit to South Korea, Kim Tae-hye, the first deputy chief of the South Korean president’s national security office, said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
Talking about the agenda of Biden’s visit, which is set to begin on Friday, Kim said his country believes there is a possibility of North Korea conducting a nuclear test in the next few days. “Relatively low“However, North Korea was preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).”Is believed to be imminent“Both South Korea and the United States need to be prepared for this.”Provocation“Whether it was”Big or small“Kim argued.
Therefore, “A plan b“Installed”So that the leaders of South Korea and the United States immediately enter the command-and-control system of joint defense.“She is OK.
Earlier this month, the White House did not rule out the possibility of Pyongyang conducting a nuclear test – the first since September 2017 – coinciding with President Biden’s visit to Asia. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that North Korea could conduct an ICBM test on Thursday or Friday.
During his visit to South Korea, Biden is scheduled to hold one-on-one talks with South Korea’s newly elected president, Eun Sook-eol, and hold meetings on economic and national security. He is also expected to visit Samsung Electronics’ semiconductor plant in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Seoul.
“President Biden’s visit to Korea will serve as an opportunity to strengthen the Korea-US alliance into a comprehensive strategic alliance.Kim said.
Meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not on the agenda.
“The position of President Eun and President Biden is that the door is open for dialogue at any time, but they will not respond to any meeting for the purpose of meeting.“Kim said.
Eun promised the DPRK to take a strong stand against it.Provocation“
Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, has repeatedly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an effort to persuade Pyongyang to pursue nuclear disarmament. Relaxation of sanctions.
Last month, the DPRK warned that it would “take decisive action”.Pisha“Any”Adverse“Foreign powers”At the fastest possible speed.“It has promised to continue its nuclear program in order to defend itself in the event of an attack or to use such weapons if necessary.”preemptively“
Pyongyang has launched 16 missiles so far this year, one of which ICBM launched in March, but has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017.