November 21, 2013 10:44
Prominent Saenuri Party lawmakers on Wednesday called for South Korea to acquire nuclear weapons.
Rep. Chung Mong-joon said the "lessons of the Cold War" show that "peace can be maintained only by countering nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons."
He claimed a nuclear domino effect in Northeast Asia began when North Korea developed its nuclear weapons while China sat idly by.
Rep. Won Yoo-chul said if six-party nuclear disarmament talks fail, the only solution would be for South Korea to acquire nuclear weapons "to maintain peace."
Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told lawmakers that North Korea's purpose in developing nuclear weapons was to gain leverage in negotiations, boost its status, instill pride at home and gain the upper hand over South Korea.
Kim added the government believes the North to be capable of enriching uranium to produce nuclear arms.
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