EDSCG NEEDS REACTIVATED SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
EXTENDED NUCLEAR UMBRELLA ADEQUATE FOR SK DEFENSE
SK OUGHT NOT TO GO NUCLEAR FOR ITS OWN DEFENSE
SK NOT ADEQUATELY PREPARED FOR DETERRING AND DEFENDING AGAINST NK THREAT
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO UNCONDITIONALLY SUPPORT THE YOON ADMINISTRATION
THE US OUGHT TO SUFFICIENTLY ASSURE SK OF ITS IRON-CLAD COMMITMENT
Washington, D.C. August 7, 2022 (ICAS) A twenty-first new poll conducted by the ICAS (Institute for Corean-American Studies) looked into the implications of NK’s apparent nuclear power in the Korean Peninsula (KP) and its potential effects on select geopolitical variables.
Conducted to an ICAS audience on the Hill, 92.5% of the respondents trust that the EDSCG (Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group) should be reactivated sooner rather than later.
75.0% of the respondents believe that the extended nuclear umbrella should be an adequate defense measure for SK, and 57.5% of the respondents do not support SK to "go nuclear" for its own defense.
60.0% of the respondents agree that SK’s defensive military capability is not sufficiently strong enough to overwhelm NK’s offensive military capability.
75.0% of the respondents do not believe that SK is adequately prepared for deterring and defending against NK’s threat of its first use of tactical nuclear bombs.
Furthermore, 50.0% of the respondents do not suppose that there could be a political solution in handling the NK’s nuclear issues while the other 42.5% argues there could be one.
77.5% of the respondents support that the Biden administration should fully and unconditionally support the Yoon administration’s perceived hawkish stance towards the Kim regime.
In addition, 92.5% of the respondents are in favour that the US should sufficiently assure SK of her "iron-clad" commitment to protect SK in a contingency case of nuclear standoff with NK.
When asked about SK’s diplomatic relationship with China after thirty years’ relatively steady state, 62.5% of the respondents disagree that it is about time to enhance the Beijing-Seoul diplomatic ties to a next level.
At the same time, 77.5% of the respondents indicate that they would be surprised if China were to declare a One Korea Policy soon.
When asked about the possibility of a military alliance in the Asia region, 45.0% of the respondents consider that an Asian version of NATO ought to be instituted while the rest 45.0% do not.
67.5% of the respondents believe that the Ukraine War may impact negatively on the geopolitical stability of the KP while 22.5% deem it would bring about a positive effect.
The survey was conducted from July 8, 2022 to August 5, 2022 via email with a moderate credibility interval. Supplemental graphic data are available on www.icasinc.org/strategy.html and www.icasinc.org/strategy/polling21.pptx
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