Slim majority of ROK elites oppose going nuclear to counter North Korea: Report | NK News
June 23, 2024
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Slim majority of ROK elites oppose going nuclear to counter North Korea: Report

But CSIS survey finds most would reverse position if US backs down from security commitments, such as if Trump returns

A slim majority of South Korean politicians and foreign policy decision-makers oppose the ROK acquiring nuclear weapons to counter North Korea, according to a new survey of 175 “strategic elites” by a Washington think tank.

But the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) survey also found that half of those who oppose the ROK going nuclear would reverse their position if the U.S. abandons its security commitments to Seoul, such as if Donald Trump returns to office and pursues an alliance “decoupling.”

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