Moon Jae In rules out nuclear weapons in South Korea

Jane Kim, Sept. 14, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ruled out the possibility of redeploying U.S. nuclear weapons in the country Thursday, CNN reported.

In an interview with the U.S. cable news channel, he warned it could lead to a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia.

"I do not agree that South Korea needs to develop our own nuclear weapons or relocate tactical nuclear weapons in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat," he was quoted by CNN as saying.

The interview was made ahead of his visit to New York next week to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

Moon said South Korea needs to develop military capabilities in the face of the North's growing nuclear threat, while expressing objection to some conservatives' call for Seoul's own nuclear armament.

"To respond to North Korea by having our own nuclear weapons will not maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula and could lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia," Moon said.

He expressed frustration with the North's continued provocations including its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3.

"North Korea continues to make very wrong decisions, so I'm very frustrated and I'm saddened to see this," Moon said. "It's a very reckless choice made by North Korea that is not helpful to North Korea itself or inter-Korean relations and threatens world peace."

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