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S Korea’s next leader faces escalating N Korean nuke


Nepalnews
2022 May 08, 8:55, Seoul
In this photo provided by South Korean President-elect office via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol, second from left, speaks as Gen. Paul LaCamera, right, commander of USFK and the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command, listens during his visit to Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on April 7, 2022. Yoon takes office as South Korea's president Tuesday, May 10 amid heightened animosities over North Korea's nuclear program. During his election campaign, the conservative Yoon said he would teach North Korean leader Kim Jong Un some manners and sternly cope with his provocative missile tests with a strengthened alliance with the United States. (Photo credit: AP)

During his election campaign, South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol had tough words for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he would teach his rival some manners and sternly deal with his provocative missile tests with a strengthened alliance with the United States.

But as he takes office Tuesday for a single five-year term, the conservative Yoon must now confront an increasingly belligerent Kim, who openly threatens to use atomic bombs and is reportedly preparing for his first nuclear test explosion since 2017, part of an effort to build warheads that specifically target South Korea.

North Korea has a history of trying to rattle new governments in Seoul and Washington to gain leverage in future negotiations. But if Kim orders a nuclear test, Yoon would be left with very limited options to deal with Kim at the start of his presidency.


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