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Biden Says Not Discussing Joint Nuclear Exercises With South Korea

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden said he was not discussing joint nuclear exercises with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, the White House said in a statement.
Yoon earlier said that Seoul is negotiating with Washington to jointly plan and conduct exercises with the participation of US nuclear forces to counter North Korea's nuclear threat.
"No," Biden said when asked if he was discussing joint nuclear exercises with South Korea.
Following Biden's remarks, the office of the South Korean president clarified what exactly the nuclear cooperation between the two countries implied.
"Joint nuclear exercise is a term used between nuclear powers. [Thus, when a reporter asked Biden] if joint nuclear exercises are being discussed, [he had to say] no," South Korean senior presidential secretary for press affairs Kim Eun-hye stated.
According to Kim, the two countries are in regular discussions on sharing related information in the field and on planning and implementing US nuclear operations.
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In response, Seoul said that measures announced by Pyongyang were "absurd" and would only worsen the situation.
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