S Korea welcomes latest U.S. nuclear policy

17:21, April 07, 2010      

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Seoul expressed its support Wednesday for the latest U.S. nuclear policy review that reaffirmed a nuclear deterrence commitment of the United States to its allies, including South Korea.

"The government welcomes and supports the announcement of the U. S. government through the Nuclear Posture Review that it will maintain and strengthen its security commitment to allies while pursuing a nuclear-free world," foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.

In the new review, unveiled Tuesday in Washington, the U.S. government vowed to refrain from use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states in compliance with the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its obligations, with an exception to countries that do not abide by the treaty.

South Korea will remain under the U.S. nuclear umbrella and be provided with expanded nuclear deterrence, the ministry said.

"We note the U.S. government's firm stance that North Korea (The Democratic People's Republic of Korea) will face isolation and pressure from the international community as long as it pursues its nuclear ambition in violation of international norms," the ministry said.

The DPRK quit the NPT in 2002.

Source: Xinhua


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