SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's defence minister said on Thursday (Jan 7) that the government opposed having its own nuclear weapons, after North Korea said it had tested its first hydrogen nuclear device.
"We consistently pursue the Korean peninsula's denuclearisation," South Korean Defence Minister Han Min Koo told lawmakers, rejecting growing calls for a South Korean nuclear deterrent against the North.
Mr Han separately told lawmakers that the military was exploring possible options, including the resumption of loudspeaker broadcasts along the inter-Korean border.
Loudspeaker broadcasts of propaganda ratcheted up tensions between North and South last year.
A South Korean military official also said that the country is in talks with the US to deploy US strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula, a South Korean military official said.
However, the military official declined to provide further details on what kind of assets are under consideration.
Meanwhile, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday that South Korea's Defence Ministry does not believe that North Korea's test of an enhanced nuclear fission device was successful.
In a mark of protest against the test, South Korea will limit entry to the Kaesong industrial complex jointly operated with North Korea to minimal production staff, said an official from Seoul's Unification Ministry.
Yonhap also said new initiatives on cooperation with North Korea will be pushed back.