U.S. vows to provide military assistance to South Korea should Pyongyang attack
Washington, United States (4E) – United States Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday promised South Korea that Washington would provide it military resources and assistance under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, if Seoul faces an attack from Pyongyang.
Carter’s comments came during his meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin in Seoul where he is on the second leg of his four-nation trip. During his Asian trip, he will also visit other U.S. allies and partners Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.
“We remain steadfast to our commitment to extended deterrence offered by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. We’ll ensure all of our resources will be available to our alliance,” he was quoted as saying by,” Yonhap news agency quoted Carter as saying.
In a separate development, North Korea said that the U.S. is pushing other countries to build their own atomic weapon by its “nuclear blackmail”.
Speaking on the first day of talks for a conventional weapons treaty at the U.N. headquarters, North proudly declared that it has joined the elite group of countries possessing nuclear arms.
“The continuing policy of nuclear pre-emptive strike by the largest nuclear weapon state, makes us easily predict that it will in the long run give birth to more nuclear weapons states,” said the North’s deputy UN ambassador Ri Tong-Il.