Barring a contested convention, Donald Trump will likely be named the Republican presidential nominee. And while his polarizing stances on immigration, trade agreements, and economic recovery get the most press, there is one issue that should raise alarm across party lines: nuclear proliferation. According to Trump, it's "going to happen anyway."
Surprisingly, the presidential candidate sees no reason for the United States to stop nuclear proliferation. In fact, he told the New York Times, "If Japan had that nuclear threat, I'm not sure that would be a bad thing for us." Nor would he dissuade South Korea and Saudi Arabia from obtaining nuclear weapons, too.
Japan and South Korea, in particular, rely on U.S. military support to maintain peace and stability in the region. Yet Trump has suggested withdrawing troops in favor of allowing nuclear armament, a move that would greatly impact foreign policy.
“If the U.S. allies defend themselves as Trump has said, the alliance will be broken, and it will lead to a nuclear domino situation in Asia,” Moon Keun-sik, an analyst with the Korea Defense and Security Forum in Seoul told Voice of America.