ONN Regional Issues Manager and Senior Analyst Rachel Minyoung Lee was cited by The Christian Science Monitor's article on ROK's debate over a nuclear weapons programme. She stressed that strong US-extended deterrence is more effective.
" 'Strong, reliable U.S.-extended deterrence would be a more effective deterrent than South Korea pursuing its own nuclear program,' says Rachel Minyoung Lee, a senior analyst with the Open Nuclear Network, an Austria-based organization with the mission of reducing the risk of nuclear conflict. Equally important, Washington must take steps to build greater trust in the U.S. commitment to safeguarding South Korea. 'The South Korean people are the ones who are within range of North Korea's tactical nuclear weapons and their means of delivery,' says Ms. Lee, a former North Korea analyst for the U.S. government. 'South Koreans need stronger assurances from the U.S.' "