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  •  If North Korea even has anything close to a nuke (6+ / 0-)

    We know they dont have missiles capable of hitting North America. The best they could probably do is launch something at South Korea, which they won't do. Kim Jong Un may be an annoying child-man with delusions of grandeur, but even he has to know that the first missile that lands anywhere outside of a North Korean test field is going to be greeted with sustained bombing of Pyongyang if not an full on invasion. North Korea has zero resources. No food, nothing. Everything they have is given to them by the Chinese. China isn't going to allow N. Korea to start World War III because it would fuck up the Chinese economy.

    •  They have been known to take (1+ / 0-)
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      military action against South Korea so that isn't out. What may be the problem is anything we can do (other than a drone that takes the N. K. leadership out (and gets China all up in our faces!)) is not really effective.

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      by glitterscale on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:36:47 AM PDT

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    •  North America isn't the issue (1+ / 0-)
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      The real targets are South Korea and Japan.

      If they wanted to hit Seoul with missiles, they could.

    •  Guam. (0+ / 0-)

      I have family living in Guam; two weeks in the mainland, two weeks in Guam, and I am very glad that said family member's mainland two weeks began yesterday morning.  DPRK could easily hit Guam and they may miscalculate that, by not hitting the mainland or Hawai'i, they could extract concessions without starting a war.  After all, it worked for when the DPRK struck the South - they've sunken an ROK naval vessel and shelled an island off the ROK's west coast with substantially no negative consequences.

      Anyhow, we know they have nuclear weapons, they blow one up as a test every few years; that part is basically undisputed. What is less clear is whether or not they have been miniaturized to fit on an ICBM.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:06:45 AM PDT

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    •  Kim Jong Un (0+ / 0-)

      may not even be the one calling the shots.  He doesn't have the power base that his father and grandfather did, and the military may be feeling its oats now that it possibly has a nuclear payload that can be put on a warhead.
      As that NYT article says, the Chinese are doing and saying nothing about the military build up the US is starting up.
      China is definitely not in charge now.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:29:56 AM PDT

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