April 29, 2023

After Warmth From Biden, South Korea’s Leader Faces a Different Tune at Home

Source: The New York Times

Journalist: Choe Sang-Hun

The Washington Declaration ​was “a big win​”​ for South Korea​ because “for the first time, the allies are discussing nuclear deterrence, which Seoul has not been able to discuss with Washington until now​,” said Kim Duyeon, a Seoul-based researcher for the Center for a New American Security.

​ “They are gaming out scenarios in which not only North Korea might use a nuclear weapon but the U.S. would direct the employment of a nuclear weapon in response as well,” Ms. Kim said​. ​“This is huge because until now, the tabletop exercises would end before Washington decides to use a nuclear weapon. The U.S. had considered such information to be too classified to share and because nuclear use would be a U.S. decision, operation and execution plan.​”

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  • Dr. Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim, PhD, is an adjunct senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS based in Seoul. Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear nonproliferation, ar...