Biden To Announce New South Korea Protection Efforts

President Joe Biden speaks at an event to celebrate Black History Month, Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • President Joe Biden will use this week’s celebratory state visit by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to underscore that the U.S. is ready to increase efforts to deter a North Korean attack on South Korea, according to senior administration officials.
  • Biden will announce specific new nuclear deterrence efforts as well as a new cybersecurity initiative, economic investments and an educational partnership, part of an effort to highlight the “breadth and depth” of the two countries’ relationship as they mark the 70th anniversary of their alliance, according to two officials who requested anonymity to discuss planning for Yoon’s visit.
  • One of the officials said Biden hopes to put a particular emphasis on the United States’ “iron clad” commitment to deterring nuclear action by North Korea as Pyongyang has stepped up ballistic missile tests, including flight-testing a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time earlier this month.