South Korea calls for nuclear development

Politicians and journalists in South Korea are calling for the development of the country's own nuclear weapons, which would counter an agreement the U.S. signed with the Asian country in the 1950s.

The calls for nuclear development are related to the escalating tensions between North Korea and South Korea. Three weeks ago, South Korea said it had cruise missiles that could hit the offices where North Korea's leaders reside. North Korea recently cut off communication with South Korea, an action that the U.S. ally is taking very seriously, Business Insider reports.

"The third nuclear test was for South Korea what the Cuban missile crisis was for the U.S.," Han Yong-sup, a professor of security policy at the Korea National Defense University in Seoul, said, according to the New York Times. "It has made the North Korean threat seem very close and very real."

The agreement between the U.S. and South Korea precludes the development of nuclear bombs.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye vowed that she would swiftly respond to any North Korean aggression.

Tensions between North Korea and the allies of the U.S. started shortly after North Korea's nuclear and rocket tests. The U.S. cut off food aid to North Korea after a 2012 rocket test. Recent United Nations sanctions, which were agreed upon with China, would target North Korea's elite and cut off financial transactions and shipments of weapon-making materials, according to Business Insider.