CQ Magazine Special Report

by Rachel Oswald // Apr 09, 2018 Uncategorized

South Korean Conservatives’ Idea for Deterring the North: Nukes

By Rachel Oswald, CQ

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – For two weeks in February, Seoul’s downtown streets were awash with right-wing protesters opposing the government’s efforts to reconcile with North Korea. The marchers, mostly middle-aged and older, clutched bullhorns and balloons and waved South Korean flags. One banner, done up in a style typical of Korean funerals, mocked the South Korean president, saying that with liberal Moon Jae-in in charge, “reunification with communists is no problem.” A few even carried large posters supporting his recently impeached predecessor, who still has a small cultish following in the country. The protesters clogged the downtown area during rush hour and even attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, to block the motorcade carrying North Korea’s delegation to the closing ceremonies for the Olympics.

CQ Magazine: If It Wanted to, South Korea Could Build Its Own Bomb (Full Story)

By Rachel Oswald, CQ

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea has one of the world’s largest atomic energy industries and an immediate and growing existential threat on its border in the form of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. That Seoul thus far has chosen not to develop a nuclear weapon owes almost entirely to the nuclear deterrence guarantees made by the United States.


This article first appeared in CQ Magazine. Reporting on this story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.