A Chinese nuke umbrella for North Korea? By Qingshan Tan
North Korea will export nuclear know-how or weapons to rogue states hostile towards the US.
For China, a nuclear-armed North Korea adds uncertainty to the stability of Northeast Asia, while raising the prospect of potential nuclear arms race on the peninsula, nuclear confrontation with the West, or nuclear blackmail against South Korea.
It is time for some fresh thinking on the issue of North Korea going nuclear. To come up with a new approach requires an analysis of North Korea's motive in pursuing nuclear weapons. The North's initial effort in its nuclear programs was a out of desire for power status. Then as its nuclear programs began to attract more and more Western attention, the North realized that it could use the nuclear issue as a bargaining chip for Western economic aid.