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Nuclear Brief September 28, 2005

Korea and U.S. Nuclear Weapons

On September 19, 2005, the Bush administration affirmed in a Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks that "it has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack...[North Korea] with nuclear...weapons." In the same statement, the South Korean government affirmed that "there exist no nuclear weapons within its territory."

The Korean Peninsula plays an important part in the history and future planning for U.S. nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons were deployed in South Korea for 33 years, withdrawn in late 1991, but U.S. nuclear strike planning against North Korea continues today and likely will continue until a denuclearization of North Korea has been verified. To view information about these three phases, see:

A history of U.S. nuclear weapons in Korea
Withdrawal of U.S. nukes from Korea
Modern U.S. nuclear strike planning against North Korea

Nuclear Umbrella Over South Korea Reaffirmed

Copyright | Hans M. Kristensen | www.nukestrat.com | 2004-2005

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"Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks," Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People's Republic of China, September 19, 2005.

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  Hans M. Kristensen