Published On: Sun, Jul 30th, 2017

Now South Korea calls for nuclear ARMS RACE as Kim Jong-un's missiles put world on edge


A poll of the country’s citizens has revealed more than half of South Koreans support nuclear armament, according to one of Seoul’s top security advisers.

Moon Chung-in, an aide to the country’s president, Moon Jae-in, said Donald Trump’s “America first” policy has “triggered this kind of public sentiment”.

And Yoon Young-seok, an MP from the Liberty Korea Party, said the public want to strike a better balance of power between South and North Korea”, adding: “I also support that position.”

And it is understood president Moon will also demand permission to build up its arsenal of conventional ballistic missiles.

Just hours after the North’s launch on Friday night, president Moon called for a relaxation of limits on its stockpile of ballistic missiles in response to warmongering from tyrant Kim Jong-un.

Under a 2012 bilateral agreement with Washington, Seoul must seek US permission to increase its supply of powerful missiles.

The South’s top security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, called his US counterpart General HR McMaster in the wake of the launch to discuss beginning discussions with the Trump administration to build up Seoul’s missile capabilities, according to the New York Times.

And Mr Moon also reportedly ordered his government to cooperate with US demands to install an increased amount of the high-tech Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile systems.

This flies in the face of the promises of Mr Moon – who was elected in May’s presidential election – to seek peaceful reunification with the North.

South Korea had actively pursued the development of nuclear weapons until the 1970s, when pressure from Washington led the country to sign in the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

But an increasingly aggressive North pursuing its own nuclear programme has led many Koreans to call for such drastic measures.

Pyongyang’s missile is believed to have reached an altitude of 2,200 miles (3,540 km) and flew for 45 minutes before landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to officials from Tokyo.

Analysts from the US calculated that on a normal trajectory, Kim’s missile could potentially strike major US cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago or even New York.

In response to Friday’s launch, the US and South Korea conducted a joint live-firing exercise of the South’s coast as a show of force.


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