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Issues & Insights Vol. 12 – No. 7 – “The Lynchpin” Grapples with Frustration and Distrust: The Fourth US-ROK Strategic Dialogue

The US-ROK alliance is strong — many consider it the strongest US alliance in Asia today. President Obama has visited Seoul more than any other capital during his term in office and refers to the bilateral alliance as "the lynchpin of not only security for the Republic of Korea and the United States but also for the Pacific as a whole…" Given this felicitous state, it is jarring then to hear that more than two-thirds of the ROK public seeks the reintroduction of US tactical nuclear weapons on their territory or, failing that, the development of an indigenous nuclear capability.

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