Neighbors prep diplomacy, militaries while studying evidence from North Korea's nuclear test

  • Article by: FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 13, 2013 - 5:31 AM
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clnorthFeb. 12, 13 7:25 AM

Meanwhile....crickets chirping in the White House

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marsbonfireFeb. 12, 13 9:05 AM

clnorthFeb. 12, 13 7:25 AM Meanwhile....crickets chirping in the White House___________What exactly is he supposed to do? Launch a nuclear strike on a country that sits right next to China because of an underground test?

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FLUXERFLIXER Feb. 12, 13 9:38 AM

To marsbonfire: YES

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staransicklFeb. 12, 1312:24 PM

They should just make North Korea a Nuclear Weapon free zone. That's what liberals say works for other things.

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mnhockey999Feb. 12, 1312:32 PM

Better yet, we should ban all assault style nuclear weapons with extended range magazines.

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matteotorgyFeb. 12, 1312:35 PM

Yes, you could stop this "nuclear weapon violence" by simply unilaterally expanding the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) beyond the 38th parallel. "The United Nations Bans Nuclear Weapons On These Premises." Kim Jong Un would be so upset. LOL...

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fanofcaribouFeb. 12, 13 1:01 PM

The problem with NK is that nobody knows the mental state of the guy with the finger on the trigger. If NK fires their one or 2 nukes at the US (not caring about the consequences), the US will have 2 options. One, return fire until NK no longer exists or two, invade. The first option will put China and Russia on edge, not to mention any of the fall out from a detonated bomb close to their borders. The second historical use of nukes could have dire consequences. It will just make it that much easier for everyone else to use them. You may think that you are just returning fire on NK, but pretty soon everyone else with nukes figures that they better use them while they can and pretty soon the crap hits the fan. Its funny to me that China has tightened the screws on NK yet. Whatever NK does, China will get dragged into it.

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ranger1873Feb. 12, 13 1:34 PM

Considering this country elected its Clown-In-Chief twice on the premise that the United States doesn't have the moral authority to tell other nations what to do, it's now more than fair to ask: how's that working out for you, America?

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mn2niceFeb. 12, 13 2:01 PM

Well, one thing is for sure. We can't just keep hitting them with sanctions. If the goal of sanctions was to get them to halt their nuclear program, sanctions clearly have not worked. So that leaves very few options. Clearly, just as with Iran, the DPRK cannot be allowed to possess nuclear weapons or the delivery system to send them over the Pacific or to Japan. If they can develop a nuclear weapon, they have the technology to develop both a smaller device that can be mounted on a missle and they have the technology to develop a guidance system for that missle. It's just a matter of time. Plus there is the threat a device could end up in the hands of Hezbollah. That would be a game changer. The time is rapidly approaching where some sort of military action will be required. Harsh language will not do. They guy has pretty much ignored everything we have done or said up to this point. Read the book "Unprepared" and you will know why. I am not advocating for a first strike, but we will soon need to so something before it is too late.

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sab0900Feb. 12, 13 3:58 PM

NK doesn't need to be able to land a missile on the continental US to be a threat. SK or Japan is good enough. And We don't need a nuclear response to anything they do. We can put them into the stone age with conventional weapons.

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