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N. Korea Says it Can Strike First

 

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea suggested Tuesday it had the ability to launch a pre-emptive attack on the United States, according to the North's official news agency.

 

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the North had built atomic weapons to counter the U.S. nuclear threat.

 

"As we declared, our strong revolutionary might put in place all measures to counter possible U.S. pre-emptive strike," the spokesman said, according to the Korean Central News Agency. "Pre-emptive strike is not the monopoly of the United States."

 

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman declined to comment on the reports.

 

Last week, the communist country warned that it had the right to launch a pre-emptive strike, saying it would strengthen its war footing before joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises scheduled for this weekend.

 

The spokesman also said it would be a "wise" step for the United States to cooperate on nuclear issues with North Korea in the same way it does with India.

 

Earlier this month, President Bush signed an accord in India that would open some of its atomic reactors to international inspections in exchange for U.S. nuclear know-how and atomic fuel.

 

The accord was reached even though New Delhi has not signed the international Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. North Korea has withdrawn from the treaty and condemned the United States for giving India "preferential" treatment.

 

"If the U.S. is truly interested in finding a realistic way of resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, it would be wise for it to come out on the path of nuclear cooperation with us," he said.

 

The North's announcement that it has a nuclear arsenal risked escalating tensions in the prolonged standoff over its program and threatened the prospect of resuming six-nation talks on the dispute.

 

"We have built nuclear weapons for no other purpose than to counter U.S. nuclear threats," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

 

It is rare for North Korea to mention its nuclear capabilities in such an explicit manner. The communist state usually refers to its "nuclear deterrent force."

 

North Korea first declared last year that it has nuclear weapons, although the claim could not be confirmed independently. Experts believe the North has extracted enough plutonium from its main nuclear reactor for at least a half-dozen weapons.

 

Six-nation talks have been stalled since November over a dispute surrounding financial restrictions the United States imposed on North Korea for its alleged currency counterfeiting and money laundering. Those talks involve the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.

 

Pyongyang says it will not return to the negotiating table unless the restrictions are lifted. But Washington demands that the North come to the talks without preconditions, saying the two issues are separate.

 

The North's spokesman said his country had shown "maximum flexibility" in trying to resolve the financial dispute, proposing possible solutions during a meeting in New York earlier this month. The meeting produced no breakthrough.

 

"The Bush administration talks about six-party talks, but it actually is paying no attention to the talks," the spokesman said, according to KCNA.

 

The spokesman also disputed last week's U.S. national security report that, among other things, said North Korea posed a serious nuclear proliferation challenge.

 

"In a word, it is a robbery-like declaration of war," the spokesman said. "Through this document, the Bush administration declared to the world that it is a group of war fanatics."

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It's propaganda. No third world country is capable of or will strike the United States of America. That would be an act of war and lead to their demise, not ours.

 

North Korea is like Iran, all show and no go. We have the strongest and 2nd largest military in the world, they now that they would not win.

 

Now for all you liberals who don't think we can't go to war with North Korea. WE CAN! We have an army of 2,300,000 of the best trained and equiped troops in the world. Less then 1/10th of our military is in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have 136,000 troops in Iraq; 15,000 in Afghanistan; and are still capable of going to war with North. It's a common misconception by "war haters" that are military is streched thin, it's not.

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Anyone else have the thought in the back of their mind that Iran and North Korea could eventually become allies? That wouldn't be fun.

 

 

You bring up a good point, but I really don't think so. The President of Iran is a strict Muslim and thinks everyone else does not have the right to exist, there are not that many Muslims in North Korea, nor is the Dictator. I also don't think that have the same ideas, views, or motives.

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Anyone else have the thought in the back of their mind that Iran and North Korea could eventually become allies? That wouldn't be fun.

 

 

You bring up a good point, but I really don't think so. The President of Iran is a strict Muslim and thinks everyone else does not have the right to exist, there are not that many Muslims in North Korea, nor is the Dictator. I also don't think that have the same ideas, views, or motives.

Italy and Japan were able to do it.

 

No doubt Iran and North Korea could do it too, differences or not.

 

They have a similar view: they don't like the U.S. That's strong enough to bring them together.

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"War haters."

 

They got nukes. They got a crazy dictator. That's reason enough to believe the threat is real and could potentially happen.

 

Kim Jong isn't playing with a full deck and if his death wish was to launch those suckers there's nothing to stop them from doing so. I think pushing these people's buttons is a bad idea.

 

And going to war again is the LAST thing the American people want. Last time I checked we live in a democracy and the President's job is to, somewhat, enforce the will of the people. No way can I see us going to war again in the next 10 years. The people wouldn't have it, nor would Congress.

 

As for our military being stretched thin, you're right, I don't buy that either, but going to war stretches it thinner. Anyone who's played a little Risk can tell you that stretching your army out isn't wise. I'd prefer we finish the jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan before we do anything else stupid or hasty.

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Anyone else have the thought in the back of their mind that Iran and North Korea could eventually become allies? That wouldn't be fun.

 

 

You bring up a good point, but I really don't think so. The President of Iran is a strict Muslim and thinks everyone else does not have the right to exist, there are not that many Muslims in North Korea, nor is the Dictator. I also don't think that have the same ideas, views, or motives.

 

it would be like two enemies coming together to take out their biggest enemy. its not exactly something never before seen. read your history books.

 

 

Its funny because everyone ridiculed me when I said Iran wouldnt be going it alone. People seem to forget how many enemies we have made in this world. If those countires all came together it would be a mighty difficult situation and one I never want to see. Granted those countries would probably beat the living crap out of each other after any war with the United States but that would be the scenario that many have invisioned and dreaded for decades.

 

Iran and North Korea allying themselves for anything against the United States is bad, no matter what the Bush propaganda machine will tell you.

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Any attack on North Korea is going to result in thousands of American, and many thousands of South Korean deaths. The DPRK has a ton of artillery aimed at Seoul, South Korea and other major cities, more than enough to level several of them. Plus, our soldiers in the DMZ will be right in the line of fire as the war begins.

 

You do NOT want to start giving a criminally insane leader an excuse to go to war with South Korea. He will almost certainly use WMD's against South Korea, and our people there.

 

I think you're better off trying to contain North Korea, rather than go to war against them. I can tell you for certain that right now, we don't have the resources in that region to fight a war against the DPRK.

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"War haters."

 

They got nukes. They got a crazy dictator. That's reason enough to believe the threat is real and could potentially happen.

 

Kim Jong isn't playing with a full deck and if his death wish was to launch those suckers there's nothing to stop them from doing so. I think pushing these people's buttons is a bad idea.

 

And going to war again is the LAST thing the American people want. Last time I checked we live in a democracy and the President's job is to, somewhat, enforce the will of the people. No way can I see us going to war again in the next 10 years. The people wouldn't have it, nor would Congress.

 

As for our military being stretched thin, you're right, I don't buy that either, but going to war stretches it thinner. Anyone who's played a little Risk can tell you that stretching your army out isn't wise. I'd prefer we finish the jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan before we do anything else stupid or hasty.

 

 

Thanks for scaring me!

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You do NOT want to start giving a criminally insane leader an excuse to go to war with South Korea.

Seung Yeop Lee would just deflect the missiles with his pretty swing

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I heard on the local news preview that one of our allies sent a strong message to North Korea and they showed something getting blown up. I can't find it on the website and am still waiting for the report. Any idea who and what one of our allies did?

 

Yeah, I saw it on MSNBC. Apparently Australia intercepted some North Korean heroin smugglers. They arrested the smugglers, seized the heroin, and used their ship as target practice for their F-111 Aardvark bombers.

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