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South Koreans want their own nukes

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This is the result of allowing the North to be its belligerent self. I'm guessing SK and Japan will have nukes eventually and China and Russia will have no grounds to complain.

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Considering their completely unbalanced northern neighbor, it was likely only a matter of time before this country started exploring limited proliferation in self defense. We have lost count how many times they have been threatened with complete obliteration unless they did what the north told them to do, the hardest reality being that without protective alliances from other countries, they would have ceased to exist long ago.

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Considering their completely unbalanced northern neighbor, it was likely only a matter of time before this country started exploring limited proliferation in self defense.

South Korea has secretly developing their own nuclear weapons for decades. This isn't new at all. South Korea expressed nuclear aspirations as far back as 1975. In the early 1980s South Korea admitted it had conducted experiments to extract plutonium and in the 2000s the South Koreans admitted to the IAEA they enriched uranium to 77%, not quite what is traditionally considered weapons grade but something that could be used in a weapon. South Korea could be considered a nuclear threshold state much like Japan, technically not possessing nuclear weapons but having the know how and materials to put some together quickly in an emergency.

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A February 2022 survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace showed that 71 percent of South Korean respondents supported their country developing nuclear weapons and 56 percent favored the return of US tactical nuclear weapons to the peninsula. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Bulletin, July 20, 2023.

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In a perfect world, no one would have nuclear weapons. In a world where Donald Trump has a chance of becoming President again, South Korea and Japan need to consider taking steps to protect themselves (acquire nuclear weapons) from the dictatorships on their doorstep.

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Why not?

Seeing as the North clearly does

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Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons, and today regrets it. Turns out Russian and Allied guarantees of protection are not worth much.

Kaddafi gave up his nuclear materials, and was then killed by Western backed rebels.

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“If North Korea bombs us, we should bomb them equally in retaliation, so it would be better for us to have nukes.”

Scary. I hope our demographic collapse happens before any nuclear war.

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1glennDec. 4 07:53 pm JST

Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons, and today regrets it. Turns out Russian and Allied guarantees of protection are not worth much.

The criminal responsible is Russia, and not the US and the UK, which are avoiding starting WW3 over the issue. You're welcome.

Kaddafi gave up his nuclear materials, and was then killed by Western backed rebels.

Yeah those are not western backed rebels and it WAS a UN approved mission.

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Stephen Hawking (a relatively smart guy) made predictions of threats to the complete eradication of the human species. One was that AI could become so smart that it would find humans unnecessary. One was damage to the planet. But the most dire prediction was that nuclear war would end humanity. The bomb can take out whole cities, but the radiation from it won't go away and won't stay in one spot. It will circle the earth and the more bombs used, the bigger the threat.

So now another country wants the bomb. Some people say every country should have it. The more countries who have it, the more likely some nut leader will push the button. The US has more guns than ever before, but also more mass shootings than ever, anywhere. Why would having more bombs be any different?

The more nuclear bombs, the more likely they will actually be used. What good is retaliation when it will kills people not involved in the conflict? Enough bombs and radiation, the less chance of us surviving.

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Gene HennighToday 03:26 am JST

Glad you are on board with keeping scummy regimes like NK from developing the bomb and destabilizing everything. Iran is also on this track.

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South Korea is technically still in a state of war with North Korea who constantly screams about "nuking" it's enemies. So yea, I can't blame South Koreans for wanting their own nukes.

North Korea has a defense pact with nuclear armed China that protects them from invasion. So there really is no reason that North Korea needs nukes.

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Koreans, like Chinese are rather aggressive and feisty - I would prefer neither to have access to Weapons of mass destruction that could impact Nations other than their own.

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Interesting aside but thermonuclear weapons, weapons that produce the great majority of their heat and blast effects through fusion, produce very little fallout or residual radiation. It is fission weapons that are dirty, in the case of a surface burst, produce a lot of lingering radioactivity. An air burst produces less. Believe it or not the US studied this intensively during the Cold War for a very good reason, the US didn't want to do harm to the populations of its allies if it used nuclear weapons against the Soviets. There was considerable attention paid to not harming Finland as it is very close to Talinin and Saint Petersburg, both major military targets.

The so called "Tsar Bomb", the largest nuclear explosion ever conducted, in this case by the Soviets, was a 50MT thermonuclear air burst, the fireball was 16 km across but never touched the ground, and left no lasting radiation.

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That Tsar Bomb was so powerful it broke windows some 800 km away in Norway and lit up the sky even farther away.

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