(News Focus) S. Korea, U.S. stuck in nonproliferation dilemma
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, July 16 (Yonhap) -- After years of "best-ever" partnerships in handling North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, South Korea and the United States find themselves in a drawn-out stalemate over their own nuclear and missile issues.
South Korea has sought to upgrade its ballistic missile capability and expand its non-military nuclear activity.
But Seoul remains shackled by separate accords with Washington, originally forged decades ago. Years-long consultations between the allies over the matters have been deadlocked.
"Those are not only bilateral affairs but also associated with global nonproliferation issues. That is why it is difficult to reach a compromise," a South Korean government official told Yonhap News Agency.