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South Korea Ups the Ante

Sep 16, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
South Korea Ups the Ante
South Korea has been building up its intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities over the past few years, including by purchasing F-35 stealth fighters.
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For North Korea, a nuclear weapons program is no longer a distant goal but a present reality. After years spent developing viable nuclear and missiles programs, Pyongyang is unlikely to trade them away in negotiations any time soon. Instead it will continue to cultivate its nuclear capabilities, seeking security through a credible nuclear deterrent. At the same time, regional and global powers are working to adapt their military strategies to accommodate North Korea's newfound nuclear abilities. The issue is driving anti-ballistic missile defense development, reinforcing the U.S. military's rebalance toward the Pacific and causing Japan to reconsider weapons systems it previously eschewed. Perhaps most important, North Korea's investment in nuclear weaponry has prompted South Korea to adopt an increasingly pre-emptive and aggressive force posture and policy, fostering an atmosphere of instability on the Korean Peninsula and raising the likelihood of conflict....

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