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Another N.K. threat...

Their threats seem to be getting more "violent' every day. Now they are threatening "a fire shower of nuclear retaliation" and say that they will respond to any sanctions or U.S. provocations with "an annihilating blow." Are we ever going to take their threats seriously? I know people are probably getting tired of hearing about N.K., but Kim Jong Il is really crazy, and I don't think we should dismiss any of his threats as a simple "power play".

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=7923795

 
AprilDJC

Asked by AprilDJC at 2:19 PM on Jun. 25, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Obama is busy baking cookies, and waiting for NK's arrival.

    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 2:23 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • I'll post the story for those that don't want to read the link:

    SEOUL, South Korea — Punching their fists into the air and shouting "Let's crush them!" some 100,000 North Koreans packed Pyongyang's main square Thursday for an anti-U.S. rally as the communist regime promised a "fire shower of nuclear retaliation" for any American-led attack.

    Several demonstrators held up a placard depicting a pair of hands smashing a missile with "U.S." written on it, according to footage taken by APTN in Pyongyang on the anniversary of the day North Korean troops charged southward, sparking the three-year Korean War in 1950.

    North Korean troops will respond to any sanctions or U.S. provocations with "an annihilating blow," one senior official vowed — a pointed threat as an American destroyer shadowed a North Korean freighter sailing off China's coast, possibly with banned goods on board.

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    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:20 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • A new U.N. Security Council resolution passed recently to punish North Korea for conducting an underground nuclear test in May requires U.N. member states to request inspections of ships suspected of carrying arms or nuclear weapons-related material.

    In response to the sanctions, the North pulled out of nuclear talks and has ramped up already strident anti-American rhetoric. And the isolated regime may now be moving to openly flout the resolution by dispatching a ship suspected of carrying arms to Myanmar.


    While it was not clear what was on board the North Korean-flagged Kang Nam 1, officials have mentioned artillery and other conventional weaponry. One intelligence expert suspected missiles.

    The U.S. and its allies have made no decision on whether to request inspection of the ship, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Wednesday in Washington,
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:21 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • but North Korea has said it would consider any interception an act of war.

    If permission for inspection is refused, the ship must dock at a port of its choosing so local authorities can check its cargo. Vessels suspected of carrying banned goods must not be offered bunkering services at port, such as fuel, the resolution says. A senior U.S. defense official said the ship had cleared the Taiwan Strait. He said he didn't know whether or when the Kang Nam may need to stop in some port to refuel, but that the Kang Nam has in the past stopped in Hong Kong's port.

    Another U.S. defense official said he tended to doubt reports that the Kang Nam was carrying nuclear-related equipment, saying information seems to indicate the cargo is banned conventional munitions. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to talk about intelligence.


    There are 2 more pages but I rEALLY don't have the time to copy/paste lol.

    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:24 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • My husband is MI and he isn't all that worried about this. According to him: 1) N. Korea really doesn't have the distance they need to hit the USA. 2) N. Korea doesn't have that many bombs to "annihilate" the USA. 3) If they tried, the USA would retaliate and annihilate them. 4) If N. Korea did do something, the rest of the civilized world would agree that retaliation is appropriate and want to help.

    Kim Jong Il is just a stupid, crazy old man and there isn't anything to get paranoid over.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:13 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Thanks Obama.
    lilbit022009

    Answer by lilbit022009 at 3:19 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • True he may not have the capability of reaching the USA like I said in my question the other day, but he COULD reach dozens of US interests overseas and still kill MANY US and Non-US citizens.
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:21 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Ah, here's a much more likely quote I found in a different article:

    In a separate commentary, the Rodong blasted a recent U.S. pledge to defend South Korea with its nuclear weapons, saying that amounted to "asking for the calamitous situation of having a fire shower of nuclear retaliation all over South Korea." So they are more likely looking to attack South Korea and both the Korean people and the Americans there.
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:27 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • The Minju Joson, another state-run newspaper, said the U.S. should withdraw its troops from South Korea and drop its "hostile" policy toward the North, saying those were "key to resolving the Korean peninsula issue."

    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:27 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Thanks Obama.

    what exactly would you like him to do?? start WW3 over threats???
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:52 PM on Jun. 25, 2009