May 16, 2012 11:38
The U.S. government on Monday came out against redeploying tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, slapping down a Congressional motion. The U.S. policy is to support a "non-nuclear Korean Peninsula," said a Defense Department official.
The official was responding to a question from a South Korean reporter about the House Committee on Armed Services' passage of a defense authorization bill that calls for the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons here.
"Tactical nuclear weapons are unnecessary for the defense of South Korea, so we don't have any plans or intention to deploy them there," the official added.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also said, "We don't have any plans to change that policy." That suggests U.S. President Barack Obama will veto the bill even if the full Congress approves it.
The Obama administration is trying to reduce nuclear arms around the world.
Last year Gen. Walter Sharp, a former commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, said, "I don't believe tactical nuclear weapons need to return to Korea."
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