As the tension escalated between North and South Korea, many voices from different countries and numerous conservative politicians in South Korea suggested that the Blue House government employ the nuclear weapon redeployment tactic. A poll commissioned by YTN (Korean News Broadcast) showed that about 68% of the respondents voted for employing the nuclear weapon tactics. However, on September 10th, Moon Jae-in and his administration has responded that this tactic might be too dangerous in its side effects and efficiency.
Although the UN and James Mattis, the United States Secretary of Defense, strongly argued the need for the redeployment of the nuclear weapons, making a “Balance of Terror”, the Blue House still maintained its original stance on the nuclear tactics as they anticipate the aftermath of it, arguing that the redeployment of nuclear weapons would most likely even escalate the tension between the two countries. Since after the THAAD program, the relations between China and South Korea has worsened, and if South Korea proceeds to employ the nuclear weapon redeployment tactic, their relations might even worsen, plaguing the economic relations with China.
Indeed, Moon Jae-in and his administration agrees to the fact that the nuclear weapon redeployment tactic would provide psychological stability for the citizens; however, the Blue House noted that even though if this nuclear tactic is employed, the authority over the tactics and logistics would be completely taken by the United States, assuming too much power in the South Korean military. Additionally, the Blue House also anticipates on the expenses on employing this nuclear weapon tactic as South Korea would be the one managing and paying for its development to the United States.
If North Korea, however, continues to advance their efforts in planning more tests for the nuclear missile, it is a given that the debate whether to employ the nuclear weapon redeployment tactic or not will also subsequently rise, eventually pressuring the Blue House and South Korea’s politics.