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The US Not Going To Return Nuclear Weapons To Korean Peninsula

The weapons were withdrawn from there several decades ago, and this is not being discussed now, the Pentagon said.

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The United States of America does not plan to return nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula; this issue is not currently being discussed. This was stated by US Under Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs John Rood.

“We have no concrete plans to return nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula. Weapons were withdrawn from there several decades ago, and this is not being discussed now,” he said, answering a question about the US plans to deploy new weapons in Asia in connection with the withdrawal from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles.

Rood reiterated allegations that Washington withdrew from the treaty due to violations on the Russian side. According to the deputy minister, the United States began developing medium-range missiles. “We are at a very early stage of their development, we are exploring opportunities,” he noted. “We have no concrete plans to place them anywhere at the moment.”

When asked about dialogue with Beijing in this area, Rood confirmed that such issues are being addressed. “China has thousands of medium-range missiles, but is not very interested in arms control,” he said.

We previously reported that NATO countries support the US decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

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