Ted Galen Carpenter of the

Ted Galen Carpenter of the Cato Institute advocates threatening to encourage both Japan and South Korea to “go nuclear” if North Korea doesn’t back down. Carpenter believes that this threat might cause North Korea to reconsider. He also suggests that, even if it does not, a nuclear balance of power in Northeast Asia would be preferable to a North Korean monopoly. Again, though, is there reason to believe that Japan and South Korea are willing to go nuclear at this time?

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