South Korea says US Alliance Upgraded to ‘Nuclear-Based Alliance’

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has announced that South Korea’s alliance with the United States has been upgraded to a “nuclear-based alliance.”

The statement, which was made during a Memorial Day speech at the Seoul National Cemetery, was in reference to the United States’ commitment to defend South Korea.

Yoon stated that “President Biden and I jointly announced the Washington Declaration in April, which dramatically strengthens the extended deterrence execution of U.S. nuclear assets… The South Korea-U.S. alliance has now been upgraded to a nuclear-based alliance.”

“Our government and military will defend our people’s lives and safety by building an ironclad security posture based on a stronger-than-ever South Korea-U.S. alliance,” which comes amid increased North Korean ballistic missile testing and nuclear posturing.