Liberty Korea Party leader Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Aug. 12 that the South Korean government has to take an effective measure to provide against North Korea’s nuclear weapons. The measure he implied is nuclear armament. With the North having launched a series of missiles, the party is advocating redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons, NATO-style nuclear sharing and permanent nuclear submarine deployment.
Liberty Korea Party lawmakers held a policy meeting that day, raising their voices for nuclear armament. “North Korea is increasing the frequency of provocations and the government, which has been excluded from the dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang, has to respond to it,” the party leader said, adding, “Otherwise, South Korea’s national interests and the safety of its population cannot be guaranteed even if Washington and Pyongyang resume their dialogue.” He also called for the government to restore the military cooperation of South Korea, the United States and Japan, replace its diplomatic and national security personnel and discard the September 19 Military Agreement between the two Koreas.
Lawmaker Won Yoo-chul is one of those who most strongly support nuclear armament in the Liberty Korea Party. He has advocated nuclear armament for a long time as the head of the party’s special committee handling nuclear, national security and diplomatic issues and the head of the Nuclear Forum, which is a group of Liberty Korea Party lawmakers. “The North has launched multiple missiles for the past 15 days, and yet President Moon Jae-in has done nothing,” he said, continuing, “Besides, the U.S.-ROK alliance, the biggest deterrent to Pyongyang’s provocations, has scaled down its joint military exercise.”
The Liberty Korea Party is planning to hold a policy discussion session on Aug. 14 regarding nuclear weapon redeployment. The session will be presided over by supreme council member Cho Kyung-tae.