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Nuclear weapons enter South Korean political debate as threats grow

Voices within ruling party call for deployment of U.S. arms

A missile is launched from an undisclosed location in North Korea in October 2022. Pyongyang has continued its missile and nuclear development despite facing heavy sanctions. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL/TOKYO -- Nuclear weapons have entered political debate in South Korea as moves by China and North Korea push Seoul to consider all of its options -- even one that could transform the security landscape in Asia.

In a November report circulated within South Korea's ruling People Power Party, a special party committee suggested stationing a submarine armed with American nuclear missiles in the Sea of Japan.

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