South Korea’s Ruling Party Leader Rejects Nuclear Armament

SEOUL — The head of South Korea's ruling People Power Party, Han Dong-hoon, has voiced opposition to the country developing its own nuclear weapons in response to the increasing threat from North Korea's nuclear arsenal. During a debate forum organized by the Kwanhun Club in Seoul, Han remarked on the growing public support for South Korea to acquire nuclear capabilities, with polls showing over 60 percent of respondents in favor of independent nuclear development.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the potential losses from such a move would surpass its benefits, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation and adherence to nonproliferation commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Han's statement reflects the complex geopolitical considerations facing South Korea as it navigates the challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions. He reiterated that acknowledging North Korea as a nuclear power would violate international agreements and emphasized the need for a firm stance against Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. This position underscores the ruling party's commitment to a diplomatic and cooperative approach in addressing security threats while maintaining its obligations to global nonproliferation norms.

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