If elected, South Korean presidential candidate vows to persuade the US to provide South Korea with nuclear-powered submarine technology.


This Reuters sourced article published in The Guardian makes the following points:

  • Lee Jae-myun is South Korea's ruling Democratic Party's contender in upcoming elections.
  • He is in a tight electoral race against the People Power party's Yoon Suk-yeol.
  • Lee said, that if elected, he would convince the USA to help South Korea develop its own nuclear-powered submarine.
  • Lee referenced the AUKUS deal.
  • He said it was absolutely essential for South Korea to have nuclear submarines based on US technology.
  • He said he was only interested in dealing with the USA.
  • Lee noted that fresh talks with North Korea should be aimed at dismantling the north's nuclear missile programs.