McCain Calls for Return of Nuclear Arms to S.Korea

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    September 12, 2017 11:26

    John McCain

    U.S. Senator John McCain, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Sunday said the return of tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea "ought to be seriously considered."

    He was talking on CNN's "State of the Union."

    Back in March, McCain counseled prudence in an interview with the Chosun Ilbo, which suggests that the atmosphere in Congress is gradually changing since the White House put the issue on the table in the wake of North Korea's latest nuclear test.

    "The [South] Korean defense minister just a few days ago called for nuclear weapons to be redeployed," McCain told CNN, adding "It ought to be seriously considered."

    Defense Minister Song Young-moo told the National Assembly Defense Committee on Sept. 4 that U.S. tactical nuclear weapons "should be regarded as one of many ways" to deter the North.

    McCain said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not a rational man. The U.S. should "make sure that [Kim] knows that if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction," he added.

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