A US soldier stands guard in front of their Air F-16 fighter jet at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, January 10, 2016. (Reuters Photo)
Washington and Seoul are not discussing the restoration of nuclear weapons to South Korea after last week's atomic test by North Korea, a U.S. official said on Monday, saying this could spark a regional arms race.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the two were talking about sending more U.S. "strategic assets" to the region but said this meant deploying such things as nuclear-capable bombers rather than putting U.S. nuclear arms in South Korea for the first time in about a quarter century.
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