Nork Nukes Push South Korea, Japan To Build Bombs Of Their Own
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  • Stephen

    The need to reassure Japan and South Korea of our commitment to long-standing defense related treaty obligations in the wake of a well-publicized “pivot to Asia” speaks volumes. Getting harder over time? Indeed.

  • Lorenz Gude

    With the US withdrawing from its police role it becomes a less reliable backstop to countries like South Korea and Japan. Combine Obama’s postcolonial approach with the neo isolationism of the Pauls pere and fils and the paleo isolationism of Pat Buchanan and their are reasons across the political spectrum for these countries to get their own nukes. I have the half formed sense that if baby Kim were facing a nuclear South Korea and Japan he would have much less room to maneuver and hence have less ability to blackmail. I am well aware that the logical assumption is that the fewer nuclear countries the lower the risk, but i am not sure it is working out that way. I think we may be learning that when rogue states nuke up and try to use that power to bully it might be better if all their neighbors nuke up than depend on a distant nuclear power to control the lose cannons.

  • bannedforselfcensorship

    The key is the decision time of a leader to use their nukes. These countries are so close to each other that they would have minutes or even seconds to decide to launch a counter-strike against a perceived attack. That is very dangerous.

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