South Korea to America: Give Us Nukes or We’ll Build Our Own
South Korea might develop its own nuclear weapons if the threat from North Korea becomes more serious, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on January 11.
The North Korean nuclear threat is not only a threat to South Korea anymore or an issue of the [United States] merely protecting rok [the Republic of Korea]. … If the issue becomes more serious, we could acquire our own nuclear weapons, such as deploying tactical nuclear weapons here in rok.
Ineffective policy: At the beginning of the year, Yoon warned that America’s current extended deterrence policy was no longer working in South Korea.
- In 2022, North Korea launched a record number of missiles, some of which came dangerously close to South Korean territory and one even sailed over Japan.
- Then, to kick off the new year, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un announced that North Korea would be expanding its nuclear arsenal.
It’s not like the U.S. is telling South Korea, “Trust us and we’ll protect you so that we can uphold the Non-Proliferation Treaty regime.” It’s now more like North Korean nukes are a threat to the U.S. too.
Nuclear proliferation: The international Non-Proliferation Treaty is intended to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and technology. The U.S., North Korea and South Korea all signed the npt, but in 2003, North Korea announced its withdrawal from it. The treaty’s existence is not slowing North Korea down, nor is it guaranteed to prevent South Korea from becoming a nuclear power. Unfathomably destructive nuclear weapons continue to be built, increasing the threat to human survival.
Only God can solve our number one problem: that of human survival. Our only hope physically is to repent spiritually.
—Gerald Flurry, Trumpet editor in chief (Nuclear Armageddon Is ‘At the Door’)