The country should obtain atomic weapons despite a possible international backlash, Oh Se-hoon says
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon © AFP / Jung Yeon-je
The conflict in Ukraine proves that South Korea needs to obtain nuclear weapons in order to counter the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea, Seoul’s mayor has said.
“North Korea has nearly succeeded in miniaturizing and lightening tactical nuclear weapons and secured at least dozens of warheads,” Oh Se-hoon said in an interview with Reuters on Monday.
In such a situation, “it is difficult to convince people with the logic that we should refrain from developing nuclear weapons and stick to the cause of denuclearisation,” he added.
The mayor of Seoul, which hosts nearly half the country’s population of 51 million, said the Russia-Ukraine conflict has convinced him that South Korea should seek a nuclear deterrent.
“Russia freely violates Ukraine’s airspace, flying bombers and firing missiles… but Ukraine barely attacks Russian territory because of the psychological inferiority to a nuclear state,” Oh said.
According to the capital’s mayor, South Korea should push towards obtaining nukes regardless of the possible international backlash and sanctions.