North Korea has nothing to gain from nuclear weapons, Seoul says

North Korea has nothing to gain from nuclear weapons, Seoul says

by Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Tuesday North Korea had nothing to gain from nuclear weapons as Pyongyang threatened to step up its military capabilities to attack its southern neighbor.

“North Korea is constantly developing and improving its nuclear weapons and poses a nuclear threat not only to South Korea but to the entire world,” Yoon told reporters.

“It has nothing to gain from nuclear weapons,” he added.

North Korea’s official press reported Monday that No. 1 Kim Jong-un had spent fifteen days overseeing drills conducted by nuclear tactical units to simulate launching missiles at South Korea’s infrastructure.

Yoon said South Korea will develop robust capabilities to counter North Korean threats with the help of the United States and within the framework of trilateral security cooperation, including Japan.

In the face of increasingly explicit threats from Pyongyang, voices are rising among the political class and researchers in Seoul calling for the United States to move tactical nuclear weapons.

While he said during the election campaign earlier this year that he supported this hypothesis, Yoon has since reconsidered his statements. He said he is now listening to different opinions in Seoul and Washington, without further details.

(editorial from Paris)


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