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South Korea's Heated Debate Over the Possibility of Tactical Nukes

The Diplomat
September 22, 2017
By Hyunmin Michael Kang

The series of missile launches and a nuclear test North Korea has carried out in recent months have led to a heated discussion in South Korea’s political sphere on how to address these provocations. While the Moon administration is pushing for sending $8 million worth of humanitarian assistance to North Korea, many opponents are urging the government to bring back tactical nukes. The whole debate on deploying these small-sized nuclear weapons — that can be as powerful as couple hundred kilotons — to the Korean theater began somewhat out of the blue when it was revealed that South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Yong-moo met with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis on August 30 to talk about the issue of deploying tactical nukes in South Korea.
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