Oct 29, 2017

South Korea and Japan ponder nuclear question

A man watches a TV screen at the Seoul Train Station. Photo: Ahn Young-joon / AP

In response to North Korean provocations, Japan and South Korea are having "a daily argument" about "the nuclear option" — acquiring their own arsenals, the N.Y. Times reports in its lead story.

  • "In South Korea, polls show 60 percent of the population favors building nuclear weapons. And nearly 70 percent want the United States to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons for battlefield use, which were withdrawn a quarter-century ago."
  • Why it matters: "There is very little public support for nuclear arms in Japan, the only nation ever to suffer a nuclear attack, but many experts believe that could reverse quickly if North and South Korea both had arsenals."
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