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S Korean media urge nuclear arms

‘CATASTROPHE LOOMING’:The ‘Chosun’ newspaper said that ‘all options, even those considered unthinkable so far, must be on the table’ as the North issues threats

AFP, SEOUL

South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo said recently that the South was “fully capable” of building its own nuclear weapon, but was not considering the option for now.

Atomic arms are not the only way Seoul can step up its defenses.

Song is pushing for the development of nuclear-powered submarines, although doing so also requires consent from the US.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has also urged limits on Seoul’s missiles to be increased in a conversation with Trump.

At present, Seoul is allowed to possess ballistic missiles with a range of 800km and payload of 500kg. It wants the weight limit raised to 1,000kg.

The Pentagon on Monday said it was “actively” considering the revision.

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