The Strategist

South Korea will cooperate with China to eliminate North Korean nuclear threat

06/30/2022 - 11:19

Han Duck-soo, the prime minister of South Korea, stated that his nation wants to work with China to in a peaceful manner eliminate the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

Roman Harak via flickr
Roman Harak via flickr
Speaking at a conference commemorating 30 years of diplomatic ties between Seoul and Beijing, the minister pledged to "work closely with China to peacefully settle the North Korean nuclear problem" (quoted by Yonhap).

Experts estimate that the DPRK spent over $640 million on its nuclear development in 2021. The country has already launched 17 missiles since the year 2022 began. The most recent one happened at the end of May. South Korea and the United States responded by conducting their own tests.

North Korea may have been getting ready for a nuclear test at the Punggye-ri test site, according to the head of the IAEA. The DPRK fired eight short-range missiles at the Sea of Japan on June 5. The U.S. government issued a warning that it was prepared to respond to the DPRK's tests with a "decisive response."