An Ohio-class nuclear-powered, ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) will be making a visit to South Korea under an agreement reached with South Korea last week to bolster U.S. deterrence against North Korean threats, a Pentagon spokesperson reaffirmed Tuesday, APA reports citing Yonhap News Agency.
Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, however, declined to comment when asked if the Ohio-class submarine will be equipped with nuclear weapons.
"It will be an Ohio-class SSBN model," the spokesperson said when asked what class submarine will be visiting South Korea under the bilateral agreement on strengthening U.S. extended deterrence commitment to South Korea.
The agreement, dubbed the "Washington Declaration," was issued by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden during Yoon's six-day state visit to the U.S. last week.