Experts Say

Do Japan and South Korea Need Nuclear Weapons?

The Cipher Brief
October 6, 2017
By Admiral James 'Sandy' Winnefeld, Dr. Thomas Cynkin

The North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un conducted its sixth underground nuclear test early this September – which Pyongyang claims as its first test of a hydrogen bomb – and in late August and again, two weeks later, the hermit kingdom launched a ballistic missile directly over the territory of Hokkaido in northern Japan. Now, the U.S. and its key allies in the region – primarily South Korea and Japan – look ahead to the anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s communist party on October 10, which may yield yet another nuclear provocation from the rogue state.
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