South Korea May Get New Weapons, But Not Nukes

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has approved the sale of “sophisticated” arms to South Korea and Japan, but the South Korean defense minister’s suggestion of a return of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to the peninsula appears to be a non-starter.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis agreed with his South Korean counterpart Tuesday to bolster regular troop deployments and joint military exercises on the peninsula that have been denounced as provocations by the North, the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement.

On Aug. 30 at the Pentagon, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said in talks with Mattis that the U.S. should consider returning tactical nuclear…

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