This is coolbert:
Much having been made of the North Korean atomic capability, that combination of nuclear munitions and missiles seen as a hot topic and a menace to regional stability.
Think the South Korean [ROK] hardly laggards in comparison to the North, also on quick notice able to obtain and field their own nuclear option?
"Through reverse-engineering of U.S.-supplied missiles, South Korea produced two versions of a two-stage, solid-fuel SSM based on the U.S. Nike Hercules surface-to-air missile . . . The Hyunmoo missile . . . features inertial guidance and control system, can reach the heart of its intended targets under any weather conditions without any commands from ground after fire."
"Surface-to-surface mode: Hercules also offered the ability to attack pre-located ground targets, after feeding in the coordinates in an operation that took about five minutes. For these missions the computer used the MTR [Missile Tracking Radar] to guide the missile to a point above the target, then commanded it to dive vertically while measuring any changes in trajectory as it fell."
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"Several authors have implied that the NHK-2 could be modified to carry a nuclear weapon. In 1979, Ground Defense International concluded that 'it may not be too difficult [for the ROK] to obtain a nuclear charge and thus produce a fine tactical nuclear weapon.'"
BACK IN 1979 SOME OBSERVERS COMMENTING THAT THE SOUTH KOREAN [ROK] COULD CONCEIVABLY HAVE THEIR OWN INDIGENOUS NUCLEAR CAPABILTY AT SOME POINT!
South Korea one of the great success stories of all mankind. From an almost totally agrarian and backward society to one of the ten largest economies in the world industrialized in a manner never thought conceivable prior to 1945.
ROK able at this very moment or on very short notice able to field their own atomic weapons already possessing the missile delivery system?