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Nuclear weapons would only bring South Korea more trouble

Pyongyang unlikely to sit still, while Japan and others would respond badly

| South Korea
A TV screen shows Yoon Suk Yeol delivering his New Year's address on Jan. 1: Yoon's comments about having nuclear weapons provide an opportunity for Washington to refocus on the North Korean nuclear issue.   © Sopa/AP

John Merrill is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Korean Studies at George Washington University and former head of the Northeast Asia division of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. John Burton is the editor of a forthcoming study on U.S.-South Korean diplomatic relations to be published by the Korea Economic Institute of America.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's musings last month that Seoul could ask the U.S. to bring tactical nuclear weapons back to the Korean Peninsula after a 30-year hiatus or produce its own nuclear weapons represent very dangerous ideas.

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