South Korea & US Will Not Tolerate Nuclear North

November 18, 2006

The US and South Korea have yet again reaffirmed their commitment to a non-nuclear North Korea. For President George W. Bush and President Roh Moo-hyun, a nuclear North Korea is “intolerable”. The statement came via a spokesperson who spoke after the two heads of state met in Hanoi.

At the same time, South Korea made it clear that it cannot fully participate in all initiatives in sanctioning the North. Thus, the South Koreans will not be inspecting ships for WMD, despite supporting the idea in principle.

The South Korean leadership is constrained by domestic public opinion, which does not want to see the North over-targeted.

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3 Responses to “South Korea & US Will Not Tolerate Nuclear North”

  1. J Says:

    “South Korea & US Will Not Tolerate Nuclear North”

    What does this mean? Supposedly the US won’t tolerate a nuclear Iran either. Fact is, there isn’t a damn thing the US can do about it.

  2. lightcontrast Says:

    And as long as India and US can cooperate, India can have nuclear power and be the exception. See my most recent post.


  3. J,

    It means the US is talking “tough”. And the President is showing “defiance.” It also means that the President is on good terms with countries around the world. He’s not being criticized; someone agrees with his foreign policy.

    But yes. In the end, it means nothing, just like you said.

    If you look at how the situation with North Korea has developed and the inability of the US to actually act with defiance, then it becomes ever more clear of how much of a political victory the Korean test was.

    Dmitri


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