In an article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lauren Sukin said South Korea has “officially put its nuclear option on the table, for the first time since 1991,” making it a “new nuclear proliferation problem” for the United States.
Conservatives in South Korea have occasionally expressed support for having a nuclear arsenal. Sukin, an assistant professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said such talk has now gone “mainstream.”
Support for the development of a South Korean nuclear arsenal was voiced by more than 70% of the country’s citizens last year. Such a move would lead to sanctions, but studies show that South Koreans do not view sanctions as a threat.
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