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Reconsidering the reversal: South Korea’s nuclear choices

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
February 21, 2017
By William Caplan, Kenneth B. Turner

US Defense Secretary James Mattis’s trip to South Korea and Japan early in February came at a time oddly reminiscent of another during the US–South Korea alliance. During the 1970s, in response to shifting strategic priorities after a change in US administrations, South Korea briefly considered pursuing an indigenous nuclear deterrent.
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