September 11, 2017 12:30
U.S. President Donald Trump is considering the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea after North Korea's latest nuclear test, breaking away from the doctrine of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
NBC on Friday said the U.S. is considering the deployment of tactical nukes and cyber attacks against North Korea. But it said those options would be aimed more at pressuring China to lean more aggressively on its ally to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
The administration "is not ruling out moving tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea should Seoul request them, a White House official said" according to NBC.
Officially both Seoul and Washington say the move is not being considered. White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said it would be "bad news" to break the nuclear non-proliferation pact in Northeast Asia.
The magazine Politico reported the Trump administration is also minded to build "smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons that would cause less damage than traditional thermonuclear bombs -- a move that would give military commanders more options but could also make the use of atomic arms more likely."
"A high-level panel created by... Trump to evaluate the nuclear arsenal is reviewing various options for adding a more modern 'low-yield' bomb."
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