Amendment Calls for Studying the Redeployment of Tactical Nuclear Weapons to the Western Pacific
May 11, 2012
On May 10, 2012, the House Armed Services Committee an amendment to the expressing the "Sense of Congress" in support of deploying additional conventional forces to South Korea and redeploying tactical nuclear weapons in the Western Pacific – presumably to South Korea. The amendment also would require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the feasibility of deploying nuclear forces and additional troops to the region.by a vote of 32-26
While the “Sense of Congress” clause is not binding in any way, its inclusion in the final version of the legislation would be a strong signal of intent to the Obama administration and foreign governments.
"It's become time for us as a nation to look to our deterrent and our ability to take care of ourselves and work with our allies to do everything we can to deter and to be able to defend ourselves against any future belligerence or threats from North Korea," said Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz..), who introduced the amendment.
The bill is now heading to the House floor for consideration; the Senate version of the billfor markup from May 22-24.
at Witness to Transformation and at Arms Control Wonk weigh in with commentary arguing strongly against the proposed legislation.
For more information on this bill and other recent legislation relevant to North Korea, see NCNK's Appropriations Briefing Book.