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Is South Korea on the ‘inevitable’ path to nuclear arsenal?

SEOUL: Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, described last month’s offer to help South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in exchange for denuclearization as ‘naive’ and ‘childish’. did.

Yoon’s offer as “absurd height‘, she said in a statement provided by North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA. is Yoon’s big dream, hope, and plan, but he’s come to understand that he’s really simple and still childish.

“No one can trade that fate for corn cake,” she added.

North Korea passed a law this week making its nuclear possession irreversible. Kim Jong-un said the country would never surrender its weapons even in the face of 100 years of sanctions.

As of June, North Korea has tested an unprecedented 31 ballistic missiles this year.

Satellite images showed the reopening of the Punggye-ri nuclear weapons test site in March. Three months later, the US warned that North Korea could “at any moment” conduct its seventh nuclear test, its first since 2017.

Last month, it launched two cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea after Seoul and Washington began preliminary joint training in preparation for the long-suspended hands-on training exercise Ulchi Freedom Shield.

China and Russia round out the nuclear-armed trio on South Korea’s doorstep.

This growing threat of war with neighboring countries is why artificial intelligence engineer Shin Chang-ho thinks his country should have nuclear weapons.

“If South Korea possesses nuclear weapons, I believe that North Korea’s military and diplomatic orientation will definitely change.”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/cna-insider/south-korea-inevitable-path-nuclear-arms-weapons-possession-east-asia-2928116 Is South Korea on the ‘inevitable’ path to nuclear arsenal?

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