Two-Thirds of S.Koreans Support Nuclear Armament

      February 25, 2011 12:21

      Two out of three South Koreans believe the country should arm itself with nuclear weapons in response to the North Korean nuclear threat, according to handouts distributed at the National Assembly on Thursday by former Grand National Party chairman Chung Mong-joon.

      According to the handout based on a poll of 1,000 adults across the country from Feb. 18, 66.8 percent of respondents agreed the nation needs nuclear arms, with 34.4 percent ticking "strongly support the idea" and 32.5 percent saying "mostly agree." But 29.1 percent disagreed.

      Some 67.1 percent of respondents think the current security situation is dangerous, with 15.6 percent ticking "very dangerous" and 51.5 percent "somewhat dangerous." A mere 29.5 percent regard the situation as "not dangerous."

      A vast majority of 82.2 percent believe the North has nuclear weapons, and 12.7 percent do not. Some 52.7 percent are concerned about the "high possibility" of the North carrying out further provocations, in contrast to 39.1 percent who saw the threat as "not high."

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