U.S. to deploy strategic assets to South Korea late this year

The U.S. will deploy its strategic military assets to the Korean Peninsula on a rotational basis as early as late this year to counter North Korea’s escalating military threats, Yonhap reported citingĀ  South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top security advisor.

Chung Eui-young, the chief of the National Security Office, made the remarks during Moon’s meeting with the leaders of major parties at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed earlier this month to expand the rotational deployment of America’s key military assets to the peninsula and its surrounding area during their talks on the fringes of the U.N. General Assembly last week.

“The U.S. has pledged to expand the rotational deployment of its strategic assets near the Korean Peninsula,” Chung told the political leaders after being asked if there was “any crack” in terms of trust between the security allies.

“(The deployment) will begin as early as late this year, and this will help us expand our defense capabilities,” he added.

The security advisor did not specify what strategic assets will be deployed here. Such assets usually include nuclear-powered submarines, long-range nuclear-capable bombers and stealth warplanes.

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