President Yoon Suk Yeol delivers a New Year’s address from the presidential office in Seoul on Jan. 1, 2023, in this photo provided by his office. © Provided by Yonhap News  

Yonhap News Agency: Yoon says S. Korea, U.S. in talks over joint nuclear exercises 

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) — President Yoon Suk Yeol has said South Korea is in talks with the United States to carry out joint planning and joint exercises involving U.S. nuclear forces to counter North Korea’s nuclear threats. 

In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo newspaper published Monday, Yoon said the idea of the U.S. providing a nuclear umbrella or extended deterrence to South Korea is not enough to reassure the South Korean public. 

The interview was published a day after North Korean state media reported leader Kim Jong-un called for “an exponential increase” of his country’s nuclear arsenal, while calling South Korea “our undoubted enemy.”  

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Update: South Korea, U.S. Eye Exercises Using Nuclear Assets, Yoon Says -Newspaper (Reuters)  

WNU Editor: President Yoon is reacting to this …. Kim Jong Un Orders An ‘Exponential’ Expansion Of North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal (December 31, 2022).