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Geopolitical tension fuels nuclear-sharing debate in South Korea

Public eager for nuclear deterrent but U.S. still reluctant to redeploy arms

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden seem to have different views on possible redeployment of U.S. nuclear arms in South Korea. (Photo courtesy of South Korean presidential office)

TOKYO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's nuclear saber-rattling and North Korea's recent missile launches have rekindled the debate over whether South Korea should bear nuclear arms.

Pyongyang said earlier this month that its seven rounds of ballistic missile launches since September had been tests of its ability to carry out strikes with tactical nuclear weapons.

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