The reason why the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was such an issue is precisely because it took place against a background of very high tensions.
There is a serious risk that North Korea will use renewed dialogue tactically to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and to dilute the effects of recently imposed sanctions.
The president’s unilateral nuclear authority comes from decisions made at the start of the Atomic Age.
If Washington wants to keep the South Korean nuclear genie in its bottle, the administration may need to draw the South Korea more closely into U.S. nuclear planning for the peninsula and elevate the visibility of its own nuclear footprint in and around the country.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia will focus on reinforcing U.S. alliances and advancing economic objectives. Trump should also use his Asia trip to seize historic opportunities for the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.
This book identifies how Asia’s major powers have developed military strategies to address their most significant challenges.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s announcement that he would resume the construction of two nuclear reactors which had been temporarily halted since mid-July will have a more complicated effect on South Korea’s long-term energy policy.
Economic factors alone cannot explain the development of South Korea’s nuclear energy industry.
If there were real military or political benefits to redeploying nuclear weapons in South Korea, this idea would be worth a serious review, but redeploying them today makes no sense, and indeed could exacerbate the current crisis over North Korea’s nuclear threats.
Pressure by the United States was less decisive in forcing South Korea to ratify the NPT in 1975 than commonly assumed.