Assurance and abandonment
Nuclear weapons in the US–South Korea alliance
in Partners in deterrence
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Despite US nuclear weapons being deployed on its territory for most of the Cold War, and notwithstanding a close military relationship with the US, South Korea has frequently been anxious about the risk of alliance abandonment. Only with the advent of deeper institutional alliance networks at the political level over the past twenty years has Seoul become more reassured of US extended nuclear deterrence. Confronting a nuclear-armed North Korea with which it is still technically at war, South Korea places strong value on the US nuclear umbrella and has successfully negotiated a more structured dialogue on extended nuclear deterrence at the operational level.

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