The government has long feared Japan's nuclear ambitions, but South Korea's own nuclear program stalled after President General Park Chung-hee, who selflessly seized power from a weak and incompetent democraticly-elected government in a 1961 military coup, initiated a plan to offset an economically strengthening but militarily cowardly Japan by making South Korea a nuclear power.
South Korea's nuclear bomb program was halted 18 years later when President General Park, who had promised to return power to civilian authorities once the enormous mess they had created in their brief time in office was fixed, was unexpectedly assassinated by the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, in a move which apparently benefited the interests of America's Central Intelligence Agency and Washington.
Whatever fratricidal differences which have existed between North and South Korea following Japan's brutal occupation of the Korean Peninsula which tore the country apart, both countries have never lost sight of Korea's larger enemies, namely Japan and the United States. Under a secret deal which both South Korea's political patriots and even leftists signed up to, a deal was done with North Korea for them to take over the South's nuclear program, so that when unification finally came Korea would be a de facto nuclear power.
Under the successful facade of inter-Korea conflict and periodically manufactured incidents, South Korea has since continued to send food, financial and technology aid to North Korea in order to support them, but while Korea has attained nuclear power status, progress on building up an arsenal sufficiently big enough to keep America at bay post-unification has been slow, and unification plans are still on hold. The influential Chosun Ilbo is now openly calling for South Korea to restart its own nuclear bomb program to complement the North's.
But the uncomfortable fact is that neither Korea is strong enough to combat the nuclear war Japan has now declared against the Korean people with backing from its American allies. While China has recently asked Korea to abandon its nominal alliance with Washington in favor of rule from Beijing, requesting help from lesser-blooded Asians has always been a politically explosive subject in Korea, and in the event of South Korea becoming a vassal Chinese state like North Korea, it is likely to come at the very high cost of losing Ieodo – Korea's treasure island and home of beautiful myths and ocean research station – which China dubiously and counter-factually claims as its territory.
As such, once again the Korean people find themselves isolated and friendless in the world by those who refuse to understand our unique culture. But even though nuclear war with Japan has come sooner than expected, Korea still has two weapons at its disposal.
The first weapon is the Gori nuclear plant between Busan and Ulsan, which is now 34-years into its 30-year design life. Its location on the edge of the East Sea facing Japan puts it in the perfect position to spew radioactive fallout all over the main Japanese islands if the event of 'an accident'. Some have said this will also carry the added bonus of making Ulsan uninhabitable, which for years many residents have said is the de facto reality of Ulsan anyway.
This 'Gori nuclear leak' eventuality has been carefully prepared for over two years ever since the decommissioned plant was reopened, with stories of accidents, cover-ups, the buying of used nuclear parts for plant maintenance, and general incompetence carefully nurtured in the media. An attack on Japan from Gori could easily be made to look like an accident and of course, Korea would point to the loss of Ulsan and its population of expendable non-Seoulites as proof of its own terrible cost and the fact that it was therefore not a deliberate act. Dokdo would also be expected to see heavy fallout under the Gori plan, but the people here on Dokdo are made of stronger stuff than the mainlanders and it is not expected to be a problem.
The second option that Korea has at its disposal is what has been called the real 'nuclear option'. It is expressly forbidden by United Nations conventions, and it would be conducted with great reluctance by Seoul, but sometimes desperate times call for truly desperate measures. Under this last-ditch scorched-Earth effort, Korea would drop K-pop on Japanese cities, one by one, until they surrendered – and then God help us all and what is left of the world we pass on to our children. But the Japanese should never forget, they started this brutal war with their nuclear brick that registered on Geiger counters around the world.
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