Would Japan or South Korea Ever Develop Nuclear Weapons?

A TNI interview with PacForum CSIS Senior Fellow David Santoro.

TNI’s executive editor Harry J. Kazianis interviewed PacForum CSIS Senior Fellow David Santoro on security issues in East Asia. Santoro touched on China’s nuclear deterrence capabilities, and its nuclear weapons arsenal. He also addressed the question of whether Japan has not just the ability, but also the willingness to build nuclear weapons. The Japanese have always been reluctant to head down the “nuclear path,” and Santoro maintains that reluctance is still apparent among Japanese elite. Regarding countries that might develop nuclear weapons, Santoro believes South Korea is more likely to develop nuclear weapons than Japan.