The United States is ready to use its full potential, including nuclear, to deter threats from the DPRK. This is stated in a joint statement issued by the Pentagon on Thursday evening by representatives of the US and South Korean military departments.
“The parties shared their assessments of the recent nuclear and missile threats posed by the DPRK, and agreed on close coordination in monitoring the situation,” the text says. “The United States has confirmed its readiness to engage in enhanced deterrence, using its full potential, including nuclear, conventional, and missile defense capabilities.”
South Korea expressed its commitment to capacity building “to strengthen the readiness of the alliance [with the US] to respond to nuclear and missile threats from the DPRK.” As White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reported on April 30, the United States has developed a new approach to the DPRK, abandoning the ideas of “strategic patience” and concluding a “grand bargain” with Pyongyang, which was operated by previous American governments. Earlier, the administration of President Joe Biden signaled, in fact, that it does not plan to rely on a direct bilateral dialogue with the DPRK for the sake of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The White House warned in January that it would, among other things, pursue a policy of deterring Pyongyang.