Nuclear Talks in South East Asia

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Nuclear Technology, Technology

North Korea is on a mission of building an intercontinental ballistic missile that is capable of attacking American cities located thousands of miles away. This has, on the other hand, opened a discussion from its neighbors whether they require nuclear missiles to protect themselves in case of an attack. The rapid growth of North Korea military capabilities has led to the growth of doubts whether the United States is capable of keeping things going at the Korean Peninsula. This has led to a daily argument in the two South East nations of South Korea and Japan. For starters, these discussions are taking place for the first time. While the rumors used to take place in private, the escalating situation has seen the debates take place in public. These nations remain worried that the United States may hesitate to protect them in case of an imminent attack for fear of North Korea attacking one of their territories. North Korea has in the past warned that should the US interfere, it will strike down either Los Angeles or Guam. For instance, a recent poll in South Korea shows that 60 percent of people in the nation want the government to build a nuclear arsenal of its own.

On the other hand, 70 percent of the Korean population favor the reintroduction of tactical weapons by the United States. These are weapons that have not being used for the last 25 years. However, the only nation to have ever suffered a nuclear attack does not support nuclear bombs. War experts, on the other hand, say that this perception is likely to change should South Korea develop nuclear weapons of its own. As for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he supports a military build-up against the growing threat of North Korea. Japan seats on nuclear materials that are capable of developing over 6,000 weapons. An expert says that the brutal calculus is taking place in a region where nations are capable of producing the nuclear weapons. For instance, these two nations have the required money, they have the expertise, technology and most importantly have the material required for production. These are not the only nations that are contemplating about the issue. The New York Times learned that other countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, and Australia are having debates whether they could join hands to keep the area free of nuclear weapons. The nuclear expert consulted for this issue is Henry A. Kissinger.

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