the United States promises a “firm” response in the event of a new nuclear test

Joe Biden speaks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 13, 2022 - Saul LOEB / AFP

Joe Biden speaks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 13, 2022 – Saul LOEB / AFP

Joe Biden pledges, with Japan and South Korea, to deploy “the full range of capabilities, even nuclear” to defend his allies, while North Korea increases nuclear attacks.

The United States, Japan and South Korea promised this Sunday a “strong and firm” response in the event of a North Korean nuclear test, the first since 2017, a hypothesis that came back into the news after a record series of Pyongyang arms tests.

“Work together”

The leaders of the three countries issued a joint statement after their trilateral meeting in Phnom Penh, with US President Joe Biden pledging to deploy “the full range of capabilities, including nuclear” to defend his allies.

Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol “reaffirm that a nuclear test by South Korea will be followed by a strong and firm response from the international community.”

The three countries “will work together to strengthen their deterrent force”, it is written.

Series of shots in early November

Their rapprochement, “at an unprecedented level”, comes after North Korea carried out a flurry of launches in early November including that of a ballistic missile which fell near the territorial waters of South Korea. Another North Korean ballistic missile flew over Japan in September.

Pyongyang justified its actions by the “aggressive and provocative” attitude of Seoul and Washingtonwhich operated at the same time the largest aerial military maneuvers ever carried out between them.

Joe Biden is to meet Monday in Bali, on the sidelines of the G20, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, with the particular intention of asking him to dissuade Pyongyang from going further.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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