Despite calls from some US hawks to deploy nuclear weapons to South Korea following Pyongyang’s recent test, the US special envoy to South Korea has dismissed the idea. On Tuesday, the United States flew B-1B Lancer bombers over Osan Air base in South Korea. The flyover by the nuclear-weapon-capable aircraft was meant as a show of solidarity after Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test.
But some have called for even more active measures, including additional sanctions and redeploying US nukes to the peninsula. On Tuesday, however, Sung Kim, the US special envoy, dismissed calls for reintroducing nuclear weapons.
"I think both our leaders, and perhaps more importantly our military experts, have determined that there is no need to reintroduce nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula," he told reporters, following a meeting with South Korean counterpart Kim Hong-kyu, according to Korea Joongang Daily.
The diplomat nevertheless reiterated Washington’s commitment to Seoul, and its "unshakable commitment regarding extended deterrence." During their meeting, the two diplomats discussed the US deployment of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense [THAAD} system, calling it "more than sufficient to deal with the threat posed by North Korea."