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South Korea's president-elect seeks bigger U.S. deterrent

Yoon's delegation to Washington discusses deployment of 'strategic assets'

U.S. bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam take part in a drill with South Korean F-15s in 2017. (Handout photo from the U.S. Pacific Air Forces/DVIDS)   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea discussed the possibility of a stronger American military presence on the peninsula, potentially including hosting U.S. nuclear bombers, at a meeting between a delegation sent by South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan at the White House.

Asked by reporters after Tuesday's meeting in Washington whether the two sides touched on strategic assets, South Korean lawmaker Park Jin, who led the team, responded that the topic arose "naturally."

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