Thursday, November 17, 2005

My Last Note on Korean Unification

No worries there. I like softball just as much as the next person.

The real X factor in regards to whether South Korea would accept the reintroduction of nuclear weapons on its territory is China. It is China that supposedly is steering North Korea toward the bargaining table with an eye toward nuclear disarmament. It is China's grand economic and strategic ambitions that sends a shudder down the spine of every nation in Asia, and it is China that motivates the strategic maneuvers of every player in that region, particularly the United States.

I believe that in the long term South Korea's acceptance or rejection of the bomb would be based on what position China is to threaten their nation. If the South truly wanted the bomb for themselves, they do have the technical know-how to make it happen. And North Korea has, sad to say, one of the largest natural stockpiles of raw uranium, so getting the ingredients wouldn't be that difficult.

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