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Is the North Korean Nuke Threat to the US Real?

by Ward Carroll on January 24, 2013

Today North Korea announced it was conducting a third nuke test in defiance of UN punishment.  While the North Koreans claim they’re simply trying to launch satellites, they also allowed that their ultimate goal was to have the ability to reach out and touch the United States.  Here’s a quote from the government’s official nuke commission (that refers to the nation by it’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea):

“We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it in the upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century, will target against the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people.”

As with all wannabe nuclear powers some of the desire is about actually having the strike capability and some of it is about provoking your enemies.  North Korea is certainly illiciting a “you better not” response from the rest of the world, most vocally the U.S., but are they really moving toward having a viable nuclear weapons arsenal?

AP reports that North Korea is estimated to have stored up enough weaponized plutonium for four to eight bombs, according to scientist Siegfried Hecker, who visited the North’s Nyongbyon nuclear complex in 2010.  But they gooned a rocket launch back in April, which both demonstrated they had a ways to go to realize the dream and embarrassed them to the degree that they seem to be redoubling their efforts.

In any case, the North Korean’s made their motivation clear toward the end of their statement today:

“Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival.”

Roger that, you Nutty Norks.  Cue the theme music …

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tmb2 January 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

"a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century,"

Really? I had no idea Thomas Jefferson had a blood feud with the Korean people.

Logan January 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

The more you know…
http://youtu.be/v3rhQc666Sg

JamalTheBanker January 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Kim Jong Un probably listens to a lot of Nickelback

blight_ January 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

George III was an ally of the Soviet Union, dur

BlackOwl18E January 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I'm more worried about them selling designs for nuclear reactors and nuclear materials to rogue states. The reactors that the Israel destroyed in Syria via air-strike looked remarkably close to those made by the North Koreans. I don't think the North Koreans have the missiles to use nuclear warheads against us effectively, but selling them to some country with a radical terrorist organization that can use it in some other way that is less conventional could be a problem.

SFC-C+11 January 25, 2013 at 2:55 am

The designs for the North Korean reactors and Syria's reactor came from THE SOVIET UNION.
Nuke plans came from Dr. A.Q. KHAN and were sold to Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and others. Iran and North Korea recently signed a Science and Technology agreement with North Korea, and Iranians were, repotedly, nearby at the last missile launch by North Korea.
I agree with the selling of nuke materials to radical aligned nations though, that is the way North Korea would probably go.
This next nuke test could be with assistance and guidence from Iran too.

Juuso January 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

NoKo has chosen plutonium route with their bomb and Iranians use uranium instead. Of course they could share some bomb details, but not complete bomb since it's design would be different for both countries.

istudynukes January 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

It must be understood that North Korea NEEDs to conduct additional tests in order to validate their designs. Their first test was a failure. The second merely verified a crude device. The North Koreans need to test a miniaturized device (one that can be delivered via missile or plane). Until then, they really don't have a credible nuclear deterrent.

GUEST January 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Depends upon how you look at it. They need to validate their design if they are going to use their nuke to tip a missile or carry in an aicraft, which would then require them to get a reliable missile or an aircraft with range/capacity to be useful. I suspect that the carrier would in this case be a much bigger challenge than the bomb….____With that said, what is to stop the Norks from using a non-traditional delivery system (cargo ship/fishing boat, smuggle the bomb in over months, etc.) against a non-traditional target such as a commercial port in a third party such as Japan, SKorea, etc.? With a bit of creativity (and whatever one thinks about the Norks, they don't lack for creativity), they might have an excellent deterrent without all the complexities and expenses of our more traditional weapons…

Taylor January 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Perhaps we should encourage our allies in the region to develop nuclear weapons for their own defense.

Guest January 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

This is very likely what is going to happen, particularly as the US becomes less reliable as an ally and the Chinese become more bellicose…

SJE January 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I agree. The Chinese have been using the Norks as a way to irritate Japan and the West. This only works if the Japanese and the West keep their long standing policy of non-proliferation and peace under the US nuclear umbrella. If the Japanese and South Koreans went and got nukes, you might see the Chinese finally start yanking on the chain of Norks.

Alternatlvely, I would like to see some sort of sanctions against the Chinese for supporting these goons.

Belesari January 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Japan could have nuclear capability in less than a year. The chinese probably dont want that at all.

SJE January 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

The Japanese even have fast breeder reactors and so have a supply of plutonium. They could build a nuke in a year. The South Koreans could probably do it that fast too.

orly? January 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

FYI, it would take literally ALOT to change Japan on the use of nuclear weaponry.

LtKitty January 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

The Chinese would go super bonkers to the nth degree if the US/West encouraged Japan and South Korea to have nukes. Although I agree that both nations ideally should have nuclear weapons for defense, it probably isn't the best strategy considering it would further kindle the embers of "East vs West" tensions.

The Chinese would have a very good reason to complain much like the US did against Russia giving nukes to Cuba. Of course, the nukes aren't pointed at China, but it would still make them vocal ESPECIALLY if Japan mans up their "defense force" and gets nukes.

I like your alternative option more. Having the world community pressure China into yanking on their dog's leash is a good option that many nations would agree with. It forces the Chinese to work proactively on the situation lest they be scolded by its peers. It also puts blame on them if the West decides to further strengthen presence in the Pacific (which it should, imo).

SFC-C+11 January 25, 2013 at 2:46 am

I, personally, do not believe the Japanese want nukes after seeing what they did back in WW II.
South Korea did want them, but the U.S. said, "sorry, no".
The Chinese have a TREATY with China. The Chinese have three Chinese Armies DEDICATED TO THE DEFENSE of North Korea. The Chinese do not want the U.S. as a next door (over the border) neighbor. They do not have REAL control over North Korea, they can just STRONGLY RECOMMEND the North's actions. The North goes by what they themselves decide.

andy January 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I hope NKorea take action rather threat and trhreat….

Teddy January 27, 2013 at 4:02 am

Nonamejoe March 13, 2013 at 4:56 am

So you want them to nuke us? why would you want that? btw im in the area they want to nuke…

jennifer flower March 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

Fucking idiot

Commodore 64 April 4, 2013 at 6:55 am

I hope not. Because that would leave a big smoldering crater in the place where they make our phones, cars and computers.

Mia April 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

I hope NK take down america

Lance January 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Funny how liberal Idiots worry more about a US law abiding citizen owning a semi auto AR than manics in North Korea owing Nuclear weapons and rockets that can hits with said weapons.

Shows us this nation is done for people who run it too stupid to defend it.

gunslinger6 January 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

They also refer to semi auto AR's/AK's as weapons of mass destruction now as well. Go figure.

Kelley February 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

What good is your damn gun when we are being nuked? Hello, who's the dumb one Lance.

Heaty March 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

No kidding.

armyron March 15, 2013 at 3:25 am

actually we are moving missile defense systems to the west coast, but the sad thing about it we have to borrow the money to do that from china. America is actually getting weaker, while other nations are building up. we have been cutting the military dramatically since Obama has been in office, and hurting our economy, which is another way to hurt a nation. i have a feeling not only NK is after us. Look at Russia flying with nukes near Guam, and China cyber attacking us. i think it is time we start preparing ourselves because its about to get bad and i mean soon.

Artiewhitefox March 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

We have people that are not defending their soul. Have people defending their soul people will not war. Having people valuer what is seen will result in war trying to obtain them. Valuing what is not seen that leads to peace saving the soul that is also not seen.

SDN January 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Let's be honest! We have been a country for 238-years and we have been at war for 212 years! Talks cheap!

Ruger January 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

A world ruled by extreme violence or Darwin.

crackedlenses January 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Considering that the US was founded by a war, I'm not surprised.

GreenTeaLeaves January 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Time and time again, I am amazed to see how we react to typical political hyperbole, not to mention the demonizing of our "enemies." There is absolutely no way DPRK will launch a nuclear strike against the US – here the D in MAD applies to DPRK, not the US. All that we see in the media is just puffery and posturing by DPRK, probably more for KJE to shown others in DPRK that he's in control and can face up to the only world superpower.

As mentioned by BlackOwl, I think that proliferation is the more important issue and all this mention in the media about DPRK's supposed ICBM nuclear strike capability is just useless and detracts from the more important and relevant discussion on non-proliferation.

If your avowed gargantuan enemy offered you some food because you are hungry and, in turn, wants you to give up your prized weapon, would you? Absolutely not.

There is absolutely no way DPRK will give up their nuclear weapons development or their ballistic missile tech. We gotta get past that and make a deal with them for not spreading their nuclear weapons technology in return for food. THAT is a more realistic option, albeit possibly more difficult to police.

Guy January 25, 2013 at 4:20 am

It doesn't MATTER if you think they 'will' or not. The leader of this country, currently focusing all it's efforts into war and nuclear weaponry, has just said 'We are making weapons to fight America'

I don't care if this jackass is serious or not, NK is NOTHING but a blight. It's country is absolutely worthless, and it's leaders are horrible human beings. I'm 100% against war for almost any reason. I don't supoort any of the bush wars, and I don't support the Israel/Iran war. But this, NK needs to be shut down for good. We need to move in, take them ALL out, and let South Korea claim the lands to rebuild.

That way, we can all Gangnam style together.

Thomas L. Nielsen January 25, 2013 at 6:39 am

"We need to move in, take them ALL out, and let South Korea claim the lands to rebuild."

Hopefully I misunderstand you here, or are you actually recommending invasion, followed by genocide?

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

Guest January 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

There are people on this planet that desperately need to die. End of story.

Thomas L. Nielsen January 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

So you're also recommending the wholesale slaughter of every man, woman and child in North Korea?

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

Chuckiechan Chan November 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

As long as the exist in the present form, the NORKS will keep on incrementally improving their capability, selling goodies on the black market.

But in 30 years, who knows what they will have. For all we know they are really working for China. After all, China supports them. They may be a foil for the eventual showdown with China over resource areas China claims as their own, since once upon a time during the Ming Dynasty, someone planted a Chinese flag.

TonyC January 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

North Korea palys brinkmanship all the time, they are upping the game. They may make a fatal mistake and actually tigger a nuclear exhange.

dennisbuller January 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

We have kept these idiots locked up for decades. Their economy is worthless.
What a great ally China has there…..They must be so proud:)
Forget going to war. Forget giving nukes to South Korea and Japan.
This is just another round of saber rattling by a nut-job so they can stay in power while oppressing their people.

Commodore 64 April 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

Yeah, fly over NK and drop millions of cell phones – that should do it. Then crank up the cell antennas in SK up to eleven and see the system crumble from inside.

Ripley January 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Never mind nuking the US, he should shoot his hairdresser first.

SJE January 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

he needs the hair to reach 5 ft

blight_ January 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

He's trying to slim his fat, well-fed face in a country of gaunt, starving victims.

Kelley February 11, 2013 at 1:01 am

LOL! I agree! Too funny.

JSCS January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Telephone ring: Hello, oh hey Kim, what's up? You need what…..food….fuel….uh huh…gosh, don't know how to tell ya this but, things are tight over here too. Uh huh, yep, you have a what? Oh good, you play with that and see what it does for you. Try that game with your buds to the north, maybe they'll listen. Hanging up now, thanks for calling….

Roland January 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

If they become a threat start distroying their satellittes which could serve as gps for their BMs

Commodore 64 April 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

Why do you think they couldn't use American GPS or Russian Glonass satellites? Just hook up a cheap Android phone with a GPS onto a rocket and there you have it.

CEH January 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I hope their plans blow up in their face.

Roland January 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

I do believe there is a threat. They ( North Korea) already anounce it (Although the North Korean statement Thursday said the nuclear tests and rocket launches were "targeted at the United States") and we should begin preparing our defense, precaution and be ready for the inevitable.
http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-threat

Dean January 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

No. North Korea is not a real threat. NK is working on an offensive capability to which we already have significant counters already in place. We have satellite and other surveilance that provides warning. We have, what, three? levels of ballistic missile defense tested and some parts active and operational. Even if one got through at this time NK can only hope to toss it in our general direction and hope it hits something good, which would be bad for US, but we are resiliant and will survive. NK wont last 24 hours. Why would they build something they surely know we already have a counter for? I can't be because they *actually* intend to use it. Are they suicidal? No. The nuke is an internal and external political weapon. NK is not a military threat.

Menzie January 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

Umm okay what about one that detonates over the mainlan US? The ballistic defence is inbound, if it blows up before it re-enters then the US is crippled for 10 years. All electronics useless. All has to be replaced, not just replace a little chip. Millions would die from food shortages, plain accidents, etc. Who cares about MAD in that situation. We need to stop the NORK's in their tracks.

Dean January 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Ah the EMP chestnut. Different discussion perhaps but I stand by my points. I am certain the US will retaliate with assured destruction if any sort attack was made. Even if we get hurt, we will survive. NK will not. This is of course not to diminish any efforts at sanctions and diplomacy, we should continue them. Eventually China will apply the necessary pressure. Geology exercise: pressure and time. For now I am not buying into the hysteria. I hold that NK is ultimately a rational actor and will not try and nuke anyone.

SJE January 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

What if the NKs started more aggressively attacking and sinking warships? Would the North Koreans think they might get away with it? If the North Koreans nuked a Japanese, or South Korean city, would we sit by? If the US retaliated, would China sit by? Russia?

Artiewhitefox March 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm

The nations relying on weapons are no better than North Korea. The money can be used to help people not kill people. God in us being good to people.

Artiewhitefox March 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Satan is suicidal. He will rush toward the city of God as it is recorded in Revelation 20, 9, KJV, Gods light seen as fire will devour him.

Alba Thistleman March 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm

LOL…is this conversation on an intelligent level?? To start with…who the hell NEEDS nukes? Hasn't mankind found enough ways already to kill each other? Nuke Power is the most DANGEROUS, and expensive way to BOIL WATER! So you want 'retards" to play with this?? Really? Why don't we get a band of chimpanzees'''give them each a loaded AK…and turn them loose in the streets! It's tha same thing…The sanctions should be TIGHTER….Hell..AMERICA doesn't even need nuke weapons…but now we've mucked everytrhing up…it can't be undone…so let's do the right thing…make em a "parking lot"..just like Iran and their buddies…

A Southern Canadian March 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Dear korea, do not affect southern canada please, otherwise go ahead have fun.

Mike March 13, 2013 at 1:41 am

They would have better luck hitting BC. I'm sure the elite Canadian Missile Defense system is a catapult or lesser technology

guest April 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

You seem pretty selfish @a southern Canadian were all human beings with friends or family and by saying that your pretty much saying you don't care I may be wrong a completely misunderstood your post but I think it would be horrible if they hit anywhere

Arizona March 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

And where are the posts of what the USA is doing, if anything to guard itself against these very real threats?

ALHAJI JIMOH April 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

WHY DO HUMAN BEING PRODUCE AMMUNITION? ITS WHAT YOU PLAN FOR THAT YOU WILL CERTAINLY GET.

Whatever man April 5, 2013 at 2:22 am

I think the best thing would be to do nothing, sense nothing is going to happen to us and it would save us money to not deploy troops. Besides, If North Korea was capable of wiping us out they wouldn't be threatening us, countries that aren't up to par use fear.

Pat April 7, 2013 at 2:24 am

Mr Lance … deaths in US due to firearms – guns, rifles, AR -15 etc kill 23000 people in US every year.. many die due to their husbands upset, settling scores, killing prosecutors etc .. children die from these guns .. Do you ever consider that or you just buy weapons for hunting only?

guest April 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

All I know is it seems that everything is going down the tubes fast economy is gonna crash misile threats are against us and thing are blowing up all over the place hell I cant even make a ham sandwich without seeing how misreable people are

silver Spring movers April 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

tmb2 January 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

North Korea started actively pursuing nuclear weapons in the mid 1990s. They withdrew from the Non Proliferation Treaty in the beginning of 2003 before we invaded Iraq. Being called part of the "Axis of Evil" probably spurred them to take that step, but it's not like they decided after OIF to get the bomb.

Vaporhead January 25, 2013 at 7:49 am

N Korea is a rogue and unstable country. 90% of the population lives in poverty. It's leaders warp the minds of all it's people to ensure they have complete control. The last thing the world needs is a lunatic and it's brain washed populace to have a nuclear weapon. The U.S. is far far from perfect, but we sure as hell won't use our WMD's unless we need too. N Korea on the other hand would use them just to try and project its power.

Dr Trenga January 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

You ass. We need to strike them NOW fast and HARD!!
What an ass you are – move to N. Korea PLEASE

blight_ January 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

See, if only the Barbary pirates had nukes…

Commodore 64 April 4, 2013 at 6:54 am

I live in a country which was on the wrong side of the US weapons' barrels recently, but still I don't think that North Korea is doing the right thing. Moreover, I think they are doing everything wrong. What hurts me most is that their people are practically imprisoned there and served fake reality in the manner of George Orwell's Big Brother. I lived in a communist country and I know what it means to be denied this and that because the government fears that home computers or microwave ovens would somehow topple them.

Do you really think that either Saddam's Iraq or Iran are the countries we should look up to? Me not think so :)

SJE January 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

What about the first Gulf War? I really hate the NK regime, but there is a logic to deciding to go Nuke after seeing what the US did to Saddam in the first Gulf War.

tmb2 January 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Are you saying North Korea is justified in getting a nuke, or that you think they're insecure and they really think they need it?

Ken January 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

1st Gulf War wasn't about invading Iraq, it was only pushing Saddam out of Kuwait, after Iraq invaded Kuwait.

EW3 January 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Your comment would be spot on if you made it in the 1950s/early 1960s.

Sadly with the current administration and media I doubt we will even hear about it.

When was the last time you heard the president, secretary of state, secretary of defense or the media mention North Korea ?

SFC-C+11 January 25, 2013 at 2:38 am

Just where is the U.S. going to get the money for ALL or PART of these programs? China? They hold an oversized amount of our financial backing now. They could just pull the plug and demand their money bankrupting the U.S.
Besides ALL OF THOSE PROGRAMS get parts that have been made or manufactured in China. Just look at some of the past articles in CYBER and CYBER SECURITY. Computer chips that came from CHINA have "trap doors" and "back doors" imbedded in them. We get them and we have to go through the programing line by line to find it.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT there.

phph1 January 25, 2013 at 4:27 am

Certainly a good point, if one tenth of the number of US citizens killed by guns last year were killed by the dprk it would be war. If that same number were killed by a type of paint, deliberately lit house fires or almost any other way in a single day it would be the focus of unimaginable social, government and media effort to resolve but like vehicular deaths, apportioned out slowly over the year it has become a fact of life to be accepted like death and taxes…funny that tea people are determined to do something about the taxes but aren't as fussed about the death part. Shame.

guest January 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

If you're looking to quantify what the method of untimely death that results in the largest body count in the US is than traffic fatalities top the list with 33.800 for the last year tabulated. That 3800lb weapon does its work well.

Lance January 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Easy cars and hammer kill more in this nation than gun ban cars if you nuts about safety.

JRL January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

The difference being that everybody uses cars all the time, and very few of those MVA deaths are the result of maliciousness.

Furthermore, have you noticed all the rules and regulations that have been put in place in an effort to keep those deaths to a minimum, or don't they teach that on Fox?

SJE January 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

I'm not justifying NK! I can think of no other country more worthy of some "regime change." All I am saying is that from the NK perspective, it makes sense for them to get nukes.

SJE January 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

yes, and it showed how thoroughly the USA completely outmatched one of the largest armies in the world (Iraq have a very large military at that time). If Saddam had nukes, it might have changed the equation. Of course, he had chemical weapons and it only made his enemies more angy.

SJE January 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

Idiot. We don't wish our enemies to kill the President just because he isn't the one we voted for. Using violence every time you lose? Welcome to all the tin-pot dictatorships. I don't want to live like that. Freedom sometimes means that the other guy is in charge.

Besides, a nuke over the white house would also destroy the RNC, Pentagon, all the war memorials, museums etc.

Sequoia March 21, 2013 at 3:55 am

Or your house.

Thomas L. Nielsen January 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

"….have you noticed all the rules and regulations that have been put in place in an effort to keep those deaths to a minimum…."

Considering the current number of road deaths, these rules and regulations are obviously ineffective. All cars with more than 50 hp and capable of speeds in excess of 50 mph need to be banned; immediately, totally and permanently. [/sarcasm]

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

orly? January 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

"Using violence every time you lose?"

The internet's been rife with this mentality for along time. Makes me wonder…

PTPLauthor January 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

There's major differences between the NKA, the Iraqi Army, and the US Army.

North Korea is a "parade army" they spend more time drilling for parading in Pyongyang than actually firing.

The Iraqi Army has been assessed as being "battle-hardened" from the Iran-Iraq War. I like to say they were more "war weary" than anything else, otherwise how else could an Apache and the USS Wisconsin's targeting drone captured POWs?

Meanwhile, the US Army rarely if ever parades their stuff around. It's like a big dog and a little dog, the little dog will yap and yap, but the big dog won't say a word. Why? Because the little dog has to convince you he's dangerous, while the big dog knows he can rip your larynx out without breaking a sweat.

I call it the "Parade Rule" The more a nation's military is seen parading around, the less I consider them actually a threat. Time parading means time practicing parading, instead of practicing putting lead on target.

anonymous January 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

SJE January 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I'm not disputing the skill of the USA army. The defeat of the Iraqi army was not like, say, the US action in Grenada and Panama. Rather, it against a much larger and capable force. The only equalizer was nukes, or assymetric warfare.

john February 25, 2013 at 2:45 am

Let's not forget the 600,000 men strong army/navy/airforce of S Korea. And also their million plus reservists, who all have completed their 2-3 years long active duty service.

IF a war ever comes to the Korean peninsula, more blood will be spilt by S Koreans, just like as it happened in the 1st Korean War.

PTPLauthor January 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

The Iraqis didn't have nukes, they had chemical and biological weapons. Chemical and biological weapons are, for American doctrine, considered on par with nuclear weapons, and liable to be responded to with usage of nuclear weapons. Sodamn Insane knew that, and that's probably why he never used them against us.

In the Gulf War, the Iraqis didn't use much if any asymmetric warfare that I have heard of.

Ken January 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I was refering to what you said about what the US did to Iraq in the 1st Gulf War. Saying that means the US was picking on Iraq for no reason and because Iraq simply had no nukes. Which my reply was thats not true. We didnt pick on them cuss they got no nukes, its because they were being aggressive. For NK, they do not need nukes as well since China is going to protect them no matter what. The only reason why they want nukes is to bargain for free stuffs, rather than to defend themself against anyone. Who even want to invade a #100 something economy and have to face China?

Matt January 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

+1000

Anonymous January 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

The god in the King James bible impersoned in Jesus says a lot about revenge and protecting yourself. Mostly saying that god will take care of it and humans do not have to do it themselves. Which would mean we do not need guns at home to defend ourselves. Just search for the terms forgiveness and revenge in the gospels. You won't find Jesus saying you need weapons to protect yourselves. Even when he gets protected by a sword, he heals the attacker.

Commodore 64 April 4, 2013 at 7:03 am

Still many more are killed by guns in the hands of mentally unstable than with spoons.

Ken January 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

BTW, South Korea is the #1 or 2 investor in developing countries like Vietnam. If NK could just be friendlier Im sure South Korea would of been willing to invest and help them develop and change their nation condition already. Why act tough when you dont even have enough food to feed your people in the 21st century

john February 25, 2013 at 2:42 am

S Korea is already investing money in N Korea in a joint economic zone near DMZ, north of the DMZ.

Anonymous March 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

China is buying into the USD to keep our prices low, there is a reason why interest rates are low, and inflation ceases to exist. We are more, or less 1/3 of their GDP if our dollar rises, they will have to pay a lot more for our goods. China doesn't want that, so they keep investing into the U.S. Economy. Until China no longer relies on the U.S. they won't be demanding anything, my good sir.

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