S. Korea not considering tactical nuclear armament: Cheong Wa Dae

September 11, 2017

Yonhap News Agency:

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) — South Korea is not considering the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons into the country, the presidential office said Sunday, in response to a U.S. media report that hinted the Trump government is willing to take it as a viable option should Seoul ask for it.

“There is no change in the government’s policy principle of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and we have never reviewed a re-adoption of the tactical nukes,” a Cheong Wa Dae official said.

On Saturday (Seoul time), a White House official said the administration is not ruling out moving tactical nuclear weapons to the South if Seoul makes a request, according to NBC.

The Cheong Wa Dae official stressed the redeployment will not only make the government’s denuclearization policy “a lost cause” but could lead to a nuclear armament spree in the Northeast Asia region.

Demand from the conservative bloc for the redeployment of the tactical nukes has grown since North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3…

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