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North Korea has announced new nuclear and long range missile tests and has bluntly and candidly stated that the tests are aimed at its "sworn enemy", the U.S.  North Korea's National Defence Commission stated: "We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States".  [Reported on the BBC News web site]

North Korea - UNLIKE IRAN  - poses an immediate and significant threat to the U.S., particularly locations such as Denver, Colorado and the west coast.

Perhaps it is time to launch a pre-emptive military strike on all of North Korea's missile, nuclear research, command and control and leadership sites.  We should not let China's opposition deter the U.S. from taking action against a nation that has now publicly made a nuclear threat against the U.S. homeland.  It may be time to act against North Korea militarily since the successive UN resolutions and sanctions have failed to work.

While the US should consider the opinions of our allies South Korea and Japan and of trading partner China, North Korea has now elevated its explicit threat against the US to a significantly higher level.   Doing nothing or doing again what has repeatedly failed over the last 15+ years (ineffective sanctions) are no longer acceptable solutions.

Such a strike on North Korea makes far more sense than any pre-emptive strike on Iran.  Taking such action against North Korea would be a powerful signal to Iran that when we state that "all options, including military options" are on the table, we mean what we say.

Originally posted to pasuburbdem1 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:58 AM PST.

Also republished by Thursday Worst Diary Competition.

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