S. Korean Party Calls for U.S. to Bring Back Tactical Nukes

BEIJING (AP) -
In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in flight during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean Peninsula, Aug. 7. (Airman 1st Class Gerald Willis/U.S. Air Force via AP)

A South Korean conservative party has called for the United States to bring back tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula to better cope against North Korean threats.

The opposition Liberty Korea Party said Wednesday it adopted the demand as official party line following a meeting of its lawmakers in Seoul.

The party’s call comes amid a tense standoff between United States and North Korea over the North’s recent ICBM tests and threats to fire missiles toward Guam that has also raised fears in South Korea about a potential military clash in the peninsula. China’s foreign minister was quoted as saying the U.S. and North Korea should “hit the brakes” on their threatening words in the dispute.

Washington withdrew tactical nuclear weapons from South Korea in the 1990s.