08 August 2017

News Story: (South Korean) Opposition leader renews calls for redeployment of U.S. tactical nukes

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- The leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Monday renewed calls for South Korea to open talks with the United States over the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons to counter North Korea's growing nuclear threats.

Hong Joon-pyo reiterated that peace on the Korean Peninsula can be achieved through a "balance of power," dismissing President Moon Jae-in's pursuit of dialogue and rapprochement with the North as "unrealistic."

"Peace will come when we achieve a balance of power, not when we are begging for it," Hong said during a meeting with senior party officials.

"It is time for us to engage in earnest discussions with the U.S. over the redeployment of tactical nukes through a strengthening of the alliance," he added.

Following his remarks, the party decided to seek redeployment as an official party line.

The hawkish politician has long called for the redeployment of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, which was withdrawn from the peninsula after the two Koreas adopted a joint declaration on denuclearization in 1991.

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