The Next North Korea Debate – Foreign Policy

What should the world do about a North Korea's growing nuclear capabilities?

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In South Korea, polls show 60 percent of the population favors building nuclear weapons. And nearly 70 percent want the United States to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons for battlefield use, which were withdrawn a quarter-century ago.

The Japanese government is stepping up efforts to beef up its defense capabilities amid North Korea’s nuclear and missile advances.

Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies

Calls for nuclear armament used to be dismissed as chatter from South Korea’s nationalist fringe. Not anymore. Now people often complain that South Korea cannot depend on the United States, its protector of seven decades.

Such a move could lead to South Korea insisting on its own nuclear fuel cycle, but Farago said this would bring a balance to the region.

It’s a numbers game that can play to the offense. If the North fires three nuclear warheads and the United States manages to shoot down two, the North would still accomplish much of its objective with just one city’s destruction.

As North Korea races to build , its neighbors are debating whether they need their own nuclear arsenals.


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In Seoul and Tokyo, many have already concluded that North Korea will keep its nuclear arsenal, because the cost of stopping it will be too great — and they are weighing their options.

South Korea Debates Nuclear Options - Carnegie …

Japan briefly considered building a “defensive” nuclear arsenal in the 1960s despite its pacifist Constitution. South Korea twice pursued the bomb in the 1970s and 1980s, and twice backed down under American pressure. Even Taiwan ran a covert nuclear program before the United States shut it down.

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President Trump, who leaves Nov. 3 for a visit to Asia, has intensified these insecurities in the region. During his presidential campaign, he spoke openly of letting Japan and South Korea build nuclear arms even as he argued they should pay more to support the American military bases there.

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The government had initially put the yield at 70 kilotons, which is still far greater than the estimated yields of North Korea’s five previous nuclear tests. Tokyo had later raised the estimate to some 120 kilotons.

Mullen: Threat of nuclear war with North Korea …

As North Korea clears hurdle after hurdle in its race to obtain nuclear weapons, a foreign policy adviser to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for the U.S. to review its objectives.

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But North Korea is testing America’s nuclear umbrella — its commitment to defend its allies with nuclear weapons if necessary — in a way no nation has in decades. Similar fears of abandonment in the face of the Soviet Union’s growing arsenal helped lead Britain and France to go nuclear in the 1950s.