Fat Kid Update


South Korea’s defense minister has stated it would be worth considering redeploying nuclear weapons to the Korean peninsula, 26 years after those missiles were originally removed. Song Young-moo spoke to Secretary of Defense Mattis on the worsening situation between North and South Korea. The North’s renewed nuclear testing on Sunday resulted in a blast that was significantly stronger than what we’ve seen previously, though exactly how much stronger remains open to debate.


“I told him that it would be good for strategic assets to be sent regularly to the Korean Peninsula and that some South Korean lawmakers and media are strongly pushing for tactical nuclear weapons [to be redeployed],” Song told a parliamentary hearing on North Korea’s nuclear test, as reported by The Washington Post. Mattis’ response, if any, was not given.

(Yeah, I saw the article in the WaPo. Bad enough that I gave them a click, but I’ll be damned if I encourage any of you to do the same, hence the provided link.)

How about that? Isn’t it funny how the holier-than-thou attitude about nukes changes when there’s a madman who threatens nuclear fire nearly every day, and whose army is a mere 35 miles away from Seoul? Well, better late then never (or after it’s too late) I suppose.

And in related news, there’s this:


TOKYO — As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea.

“There is a possibility of further provocations,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. “We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people.”


There are currently about 38,000 long-term Japanese residents in South Korea, as well as another 19,000 or so tourists and other short-term travelers. “If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation on its own accord regardless of whether the American plans are public,” a Japanese government source said.

Tokyo is working on a four-tier emergency plan based on the severity of the situation: discouraging unessential travel to South Korea, discouraging all travel to South Korea, urging Japanese citizens there to evacuate, and finally, urging them to shelter in place.

Whereas any plan to protect their citizens is an extremely good idea, I can see one immediate, glaring problem: the Norks might prohibit their citizens from outside contact, the rulers certainly don’t prohibit themselves, and any sort of call for people to get out of Korea will certainly result in pushing the Norks into military action. No, I don’t have a better plan, but whatever is decided had better be ready to go before Tokyo calls for their citizens to leave Korea.

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