October 20, 2021

Continuing arms race between Koreas risks deepening security dilemma

Behind reconciliation rhetoric, Seoul has increased military spending in response to North Korea’s clear nuclear threat

During his time in office, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has reserved much talk for his peace overtures toward North Korea.

Yet behind the heady optimism of the 2018 summits, joint sports teams and plans to regenerate economic cooperation — as well as the recent rapprochement following the reconnection of inter-Korean hotlines — the Moon government has increased military spending and has introduced new military projects directly aimed at deterring North Korean belligerence.