The Korean Nuclear Imbroglio: Can India be a Muted Spectator?


  • Sitakanta Misra School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India



Nuclear weapons, nucelar deterrence, nuclear proliferation, nuclear strategy, denuclearisation, North Korea, Korean peninsula


The presence of nuclear weapons in North Korea has complicated the strategic scenario in North Asia in general and Korean peninsula in particular. Unless the perceived ‗security deficit‘ with North Korea, due to its nuclear weapons‘ programme is amicably addressed, especially by reducing America‘s dominant presence in the region, demanding North Korea‘s denuclearisation would be unrealistic. Thus, the nuclear imbroglio in Korean Peninsula would endure. The outcomes of the Korean crisis will have serious spillover effects on South and East Asia. As a ‗rising‘ super power, India needs to reflect on her role in the unfolding strategic scene in its extended neighbourhood. This article provides an analysis of the strategic condition India is in and the impact of intervening in nuclear issues involving Super Powers in South and East Asia.


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