South Korea’s ruling party shines spotlight on case for going nuclear
Debate at parliament underscores how North Korea’s nuclear development has driven Seoul to consider the once-unthinkable
As North Korea pushes ahead with tactical nukes and more responsive long-range missiles, South Korea has begun seriously considering the once unthinkable: going nuclear itself. And a recent event at the National Assembly showcased just how actively Seoul’s political class is flirting with the idea and creating spaces to discuss it.
Earlier this week, Yoo Sung-kull of South Korea’s ruling People Power Party (PPP) hosted a two-hour discussion at the parliament’s meeting hall under the name “Is it necessary for the Republic of Korea to possess its own nuclear weapons?” (대한민국의 자체 핵 보유, 필요한가?)
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