GOP frontrunner Donald Trump recently suggested that if he won the US presidency, he might allow Japan and South Korea to develop their own nuclear weapons arsenal in exchange for an ease in US defense commitments.
But experts from two nonpartisan organizations opposed to the spread of nuclear weapons told Business Insider his position would be dangerous.
Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said Japan building nuclear weapons would be a "total catastrophe for Japan and US nuclear power programs."
"Early on we thought nuclear weapons are great when our allies have them and bad when our enemies have them," Lewis said.
He went on to say how that thinking had evolved:
Everybody has a friend. And so if you can give them the path of saying it's good when our allies have them and bad when our enemies have them, you get to the point where everybody has them. It's better to have a system … in which we say no more nuclear-weapons states and try to maintain that.
Japan and South Korea obtaining nuclear weapons could have a domino effect as other countries, including some US allies in the Middle East, demand their own arsenal.Read the rest of the story HERE and follow a link to a related story below:
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