Talk of a Nuclear Deterrent in South Korea

Source: Foreign Policy
by Morten Soendergaard Larsen

“Recent resumption of activity at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex, which is suspected of producing the plutonium needed for the country’s nuclear weapons, has fueled existing convictions among some conservative South Korean politicians that Pyongyang will never agree to give up its nukes so Seoul needs a nuclear deterrent of its own. … According to polls, almost half of all South Koreans surveyed support the development of their own nuclear weapons to deter North Korea’s threat. … But it’s not just politicians and polls. South Korea is the latest member of an exclusive club: countries that have successfully fired submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). Seven other countries have done that, but they all have nuclear warheads to stick on top. So what are Seoul’s ambitions?” (09/09/21)