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White House: US coordinates with South Korea on North responses, including nuclear scenarios

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The United States is coordinating with South Korea to respond to a number of North Korean scenarios, including the possibility of North Korea using nuclear weapons, the White House announced Tuesday.

President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol have told their governments to plan an “effective and coordinated response to a range of scenarios, including North Korea’s nuclear use”, the statement said. press officer Karine Jean-Pierre Jean-Pierre during her press briefing. But, she added, “We are not discussing joint nuclear exercises,” noting that South Korea is a nuclear-weapon-free state.

Jean-Pierre’s remarks followed seemingly contradictory accounts from Biden and his South Korean counterpart this week. Yoon was quoted in a newspaper interview published Monday as saying the two governments were discussing joint nuclear exercises; Speaking to reporters later on Monday, Biden denied any such activity, Reuters reported.

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