Amidst the offered partnership and support presented by the United States of America to South Korea, with regards to its military action plans, the national government remained steadfast in expressing their purposeful intent that there is no visible and adaptive usage of nuclear weapons as an inclusion to their military actions, operations, thrusts and initiatives as a whole in totality.
This point of view was brought into the limelight, after the release and publication of a book written and authored by a U.S. Journalist which sparkled an immense debate on the inevitable scenarios and unprecedented effects of a full-blown war that would greatly involve North Korea under a massive nuclear attack that may transpire on either of the two divided sides of Korea as a country and as a nation.
The book written and authored by U.S. Journalist and Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward entitled “Rage”, focused on the context wherein the United States came up with decisive plans that will spark the possibility of an eventual armed clash with North Korea. The inclusion of 80 nuclear weapons as the response of the United States to the military operations of North Korea was a highlight in the book. In addition to that, the book was based on numerous interviews that were conducted in the presence of the current president of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump.
The published book, together with its contents, fired the spark for a debate all over South Korea, whether the context meant completely that Pyongyang and Washington would opt to detonate the 80 present bombs against each other. In relevance to this central point, the Defense Ministry of Seoul said on Tuesday, as this article was written that, the capital city’s joint operational plans or more known as “OPLAN”, together with the United States, did not involve the use of nuclear weapons, which emphasized the reiteration of the presidential office’s point of view.
On Monday, a presidential official was quoted to have said to a group of reporters that there must be no implication of another war on the peninsula proper, as well as on the use of force if there is no formal consent of implementation given from the part of South Korea. In addition to that, the official continuously emphasized to the reporters, the point of view of South Korea when he said that: “I can say clearly that the use of a nuclear weapon does not exist in our OPLANs, and it is impossible to use military force without our agreement.”
In relation to what was said by the presidential official, the other government officials of Seoul were also quoted to have said that there seems to be an air of confusion that can be felt while reading the book, on the basis of the OPLAN 5027 wherein it was in reference to its design that is not intended for nuclear war but it was created for the purpose of mapping out the deployment of troops both in the premise of plans and key targets.
According to Kim Hong-kyun, the former nuclear envoy of South Korea, he shared his point of view as well, with regards to the content and context written in the published book by saying that: “It might indicate the maximum levels of the bombs wherein the North could resort to in an all-out war, but the number itself is too high and hardly contexts.” After the concurrent trade of nuclear threats and insults that had given the ultimate push for both countries to the state of war, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed between the lines to hold an unprecedented summit in Singapore in the year 2018 to be exact.
In relation to this convened juncture, the negotiations that centered on the target of ending the nuclear and missile programs of Pyongyang, have held their second consecutive summit in the earlier part of last year.
To continue with, the book indicated in its content as well, that the two leaders of the two nations continued their respective exchange of letters, but however, it contained oftentimes, the expression of gratitude for their previously conducted meetings and at the times wherein the calling of concessions were performed.
In a letter dated on August 2019 of last year, Kim urged with conviction, that the U.S-South Korea military exercises be postponed and canceled in the conduct of the working-level negotiation. As a highlight, the planned drills of Pyongyang has evidently called for a rehearsal of war, which resulted in the scaling back in the later part of both parties, which was described as a move in the premise of expediting the talks.
In reference to these exercises between the two nations, the book also exposed the point of view of North Korean Leader, Kim, wherein he wrote in his letter addressed to Trump saying: “I am clearly offended and I do not want to hide this feeling from you. I am really, very offended.”
On the other hand, Trump was quoted also to have said during his first summit saying that he did not want to “remove” Kim, and alongside with it, he aimed for North Korea to become “one of the greatest economic powers” if it decides to push through with its abandonment of weapon programs.