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Presidential office refutes reports, reiterates Seoul's position on nuclear-free peninsula

All Headlines 21:28 September 11, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Sunday rejected some local reports that the government is considering nuclear armament amid increasing threats posed by North Korea.

"There is no change in the government's position on a nuclear-free Korean peninsular," a presidential official said in a phone conversation with Yonhap News Agency. "The reports are not true."

Another official said "The American nuclear umbrella doesn't mean deploying nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula...It means an expansion of nuclear deterrence in the face of North Korea's threats, by deploying every possible means including American nuclear capabilities."

At a press briefing on Jan. 13, right after North Korea's fourth nuclear test, President Park Geun-hye said "We have made our promise to the international community. If we do so (develop our own nuclear arsenal), we will break that promise."

"Nuclear weapons shouldn't exist on the Korean peninsula," she said.

South Korean president Park Geun-hye answers questions at a press briefing at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Jan. 13, 2016. (Yonhap)

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