That is what some ruling party lawmakers in South Korea think:
Some lawmakers of the ruling Saenuri Party yesterday intensified their hardline stance on North Korea, calling on Seoul to establish its own nuclear deterrence capability to cope with the growing threat from Pyongyang.
“The only way to defend our survival would be to maintain a balance of terror that confronts nuclear with nuclear,” said Representative Shim Jae-cheol in a Supreme Council meeting held yesterday at the National Assembly in Yeouido, western Seoul.
Shim was referring to the North’s continued provocation against the South and the international community by conducting its third nuclear test last Tuesday, following its long-range missile launch in December.
“We will have to push forward with the measure of maintaining the South Korea-United States Combined Forces Command while redeploying U.S. tactical nuclear weapons [that have been pulled out from South Korea],” he said, adding that the upcoming wartime operational control handover from the U.S. to South Korea should be postponed.
The maintenance of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command allows Washington to automatically intervene in the case of war.
Shim’s comments were made alongside what Representative Chung Mong-joon of the ruling party said last week, that it is time for South Korea to have its own nuclear deterrence capability. [Joong Ang Ilbo]
You can read more at the link, but I recommend going over to the Marmot’s Hole where he has a good posting discussing this issue as well.
The way I look at this is that the ROK’s have the best reason in the world to go nuclear considering all the provocations and threats that have been made against them. However I would be surprised if they do. This just appears to be tough talk by the ruling party knowing full well that the US will block any efforts to go nuclear. This allows these politicians to show the public that they are doing something, but are being blocked by the Americans. Is it any wonder why these same politicians want to have the US military keep Operational Control which would allow them to continue to blame the US for their own inaction?