Northeast Asia Nuclear Dilemmas
Air War College Maxwell AFB United States
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Influential political elites in South Korea and Japan have recently expressed deep concerns with the reliability of the United States to uphold its alliance security guarantee commitments. As a result, those leaders have advocated that either US nuclear weapons be deployed to the region, or that their nations establish national nuclear arsenals to better ensure regional stability and protection of vital national interests. While few analysts believe South Korea or Japan possesses the political will or operational doctrine to risk nuclear weapon development in the short term, it is likely that ally concerns will only deepen over time, due to perceived US unresponsiveness and inaction.