February 02, 2023
Analysis

Nuclear weapons tempt Seoul, but the obstacles to armament are insurmountable

Despite growing North Korean threat, ROK nuclear ambitions face US opposition and risk incurring economic sanctions

Sept. 2021 was a “month of flying missiles” on the Korean Peninsula. Both North and South Korean rocket scientists showed off the fruits of their hard labor, and the show was both impressive and terrifying.

While the DPRK demonstrated new capabilities, this time one should pay more attention to South Korea’s achievements: On Sept. 15, the ROK conducted its first successful underwater test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).