Two-thirds of South Korean support developing own nukes: poll

Frankly, I’m surprised the support isn’t even higher:

Two-thirds of South Koreans believe South Korea should develop its own nuclear weapons in response to the North Korean nuclear threat.

In a poll of 1,006 adults nationwide released by Gallup Korea on Wednesday, 64 percent of respondents supported nuclear weapons for South Korea, compared to 28 percent who opposed it.

You know who doesn’t think South Korea should develop its own nukes? US Ambassador Sung Kim:

U.S. Ambassador in Seoul Sung Kim on Wednesday argued against South Korea’s nuclear armament and the re-deployment of tactical nuclear weapons with the U.S. Forces Korea. They would be “a big mistake” for South Korea, he said.

Kim was speaking at a seminar hosted by the Korea Employer’s Federation. He warned against any measures that work against common efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula but also stressed the importance of a powerful combined deterrent.

Well, as my pappy always liked to say, there’s nothing more important than maintaining the fiction of non-proliferation in a world where North Korea has the bomb and soon Iran will, too. Gotta make sure the South Koreas and Taiwans of the world never get their fingers on the button.

  • dlbarch

    I don’t have time to read every newspaper story or op-ed on this issue, but so far I can’t help noticing that most if not all of the push for South Korean nuclearization is coming from Korea’s right, far right, and anti-American right. I see recently that Rep. Shim Jae-cheol has been particularly rabid on this issue.

    So for those on the ground in Seoul, can anyone identify any noteworthy or high-profile figures on Korea’s progressive Left — in politics, media, or academia — who have endorsed this, er, spectacularly terrible idea?


  • que337

    Mr. Zbigniew Brzezinski foretold the crisis in East Asia related with decline of the US. It is natural that SK be prepared for that possibility:

  • que337

    On the other hand, there are Americans who demand complete disengagement from Korean peninsula. Okay, have the US troops be pulled out from SK as you wish, but SK need to be prepared for the vacancy of the power, unless what you wish for SK is 50M Koreans defenseless before NK nuclear threat.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    The ones which would have the most to gain if South Korea declares itself as a nuclear power would be North Korea as it would justify their own nuclear programme.