Yoon Wants US Subs and Bombers to Return

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan have discussed the possible deployment of U.S. strategic assets to South Korea.

Rep. Park Jin of Yoon’s People Power Party and the head of the delegation met with Sullivan on Tuesday at the White House, according to a report by Yonhap news agency. 

In an interview after the meeting with Sullivan, Park told reporters at the White House that both the U.S. and the South Korean government believed that Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles is “certainly a threat against not only the Korean Peninsula but also to the region.”

Strategic assets are military hardware such as nuclear-powered submarines, aircraft carriers, and long-range bombers that are frequently used as a show of force to deter potential adversaries’ provocations or aggression.

Sullivan and Park emphasized the importance of building both countries’ ties during their 40-minute conversation.

Park added discussions on a possible bilateral meeting between Yoon and U.S. President Joe Biden were also brought up but there are no definite details yet on this. 

Yoon’s personal letter to the White House was also handed by Park, who said it contains Yoon’s messages demonstrating his strong determination and vision for the advancement of the Korea-US partnership.

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