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Japan, U.S. and South Korea poised to enhance nuclear umbrella strategy

Washington and Seoul may resume drills involving B-52 bombers

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighters train with an American B-52 bomber in July 2018. B-52s play a role in extending the U.S. nuclear deterrent. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force)   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan, the U.S. and South Korea are working to strengthen their shared nuclear deterrence strategy, which could involve South Korea restarting joint military exercises featuring American strategic bombers.

When U.S. President Joe Biden visited South Korea and Japan on a five-day tour that ended last week, he and the two Asian leaders confirmed a willingness to reactivate talks on "extended deterrence" -- a term used to describe the nuclear umbrella.

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