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U.S. is HESITANT in condemning N. Korean launch

 
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is drawing no “red line” for North Korea after a successful long-range rocket test, trying to temper the public condemnation for fear it could raise tensions and possibly reward the reclusive communist nation too much time in the global spotlight.

The U.S. has told the world that it won’t tolerate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons capability or Syria’s use of chemical stockpiles on rebels. North Korea, in some ways, is a trickier case.



The U.S. wants to forcefully condemn what it believes is a “highly provocative act,” and that was the first public reaction from the White House late Tuesday. But it also is mindful of the turmoil on the Korean Peninsula and treading carefully, offering no threat of military action or unspecified “consequences” associated with other hot spots.

Just two years ago, the North allegedly torpedoed a South Korean warship and shelled a South Korean island. Some 50 South Koreans died in the attacks that brought the peninsula to the brink of war.

North Korea already has the deterrent of a nuclear weapons arsenal. The U.S. is bound to protect next-door South Korea from any attack, but has no desire now for a military conflict.

Raising the rhetoric can even serve as a reward for seeking attention to a government that starves its own citizens while seeking to leverage any military advance it makes into much-needed aid.

“No doubt Pyongyang is pleased. It again has unsettled its leading adversaries. And it is in the news around the world,” said Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. “The allies should have responded with a collective yawn. After all, the plan is nothing new. The DPRK has been testing rockets and missiles for years.”

The United States remains technically at war with the notoriously unpredictable North Koreans, whose opaque leadership has confounded successive American administrations. With no peace agreement, only the 1953 armistice ending the Korean War keeps the U.S. and the North from hostilities. Some 28,500 U.S. troops remain in South Korea to deter potential aggression.

Wednesday’s surprising, successful launch raises the stakes, taking North Korea one step closer to being capable of lobbing nuclear bombs over the Pacific. As the North refines its technology, its next step may be conducting another nuclear test, experts warn.

The three-stage rocket is similar in design to a model capable of carrying a nuclear-tipped warhead as far as California.

Despite its technological advances and military bluster, it’s doubtful that the North intends to strike first against the U.S.

North Korea has spent decades threatening but avoiding a direct confrontation with the tens of thousands of American forces in South Korea and Japan. The government has remained firmly in power despite a drought-plagued agricultural sector that leaves many North Koreans in search of food and a crumbling economy that affords few if any chance of social betterment.

“This action is yet another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
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Re: U.S. is HESITANT in condemning N. Korean launch
Without getting into if it was a weather satellite launch or not... which i'd say a snow ball has a better chance in hell...


What is Washington hesitant about these days?!

Obummer is the dork in highschool that never speaks up, always gets pushed around, spit on... and is too chicken to stand up for himself (US)
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Re: U.S. is HESITANT in condemning N. Korean launch
Without getting into if it was a weather satellite launch or not... which i'd say a snow ball has a better chance in hell...


What is Washington hesitant about these days?!

Obummer is the dork in highschool that never speaks up, always gets pushed around, spit on... and is too chicken to stand up for himself (US)
 Quoting: Dr. Acula


Yeah.... Agreed. This really does piss me off....especially after all their rhetoric they would shoot it down.....and the fact we are still technically at war with them...

we look like wussy hypocrites now. The govt shouldnt have spewed the threats in the first place.
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The only leverage North Korea has is the fact that they have thousands of entrenched, camouflaged heavy artillery batteries pointed at South Korea and Seoul is just within their range...

If a war breaks out in the region, even if the US achieves complete air superiority within hours of the start of the conflict, that still wouldn't be enough to stop Seoul from being leveled by those artillery cannons ! Finding and destroying so many hidden targets along the border could prove a very difficult task even for the mighty USAF !

NK doesn't have any means of delivering a nuke to other countries other than South Korea and they would never do that, the fallout from such a detonation would cripple them as well so those artillery pieces are their only strategic advantage !
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Without getting into if it was a weather satellite launch or not... which i'd say a snow ball has a better chance in hell...


What is Washington hesitant about these days?!

Obummer is the dork in highschool that never speaks up, always gets pushed around, spit on... and is too chicken to stand up for himself (US)
 Quoting: Dr. Acula


Yeah.... Agreed. This really does piss me off....especially after all their rhetoric they would shoot it down.....and the fact we are still technically at war with them...

we look like wussy hypocrites now. The govt shouldnt have spewed the threats in the first place.
 Quoting: Jervis and V-Honey



Same ole shit...different day folks! I hate this crap too! Lets all act like Patriots...and look like idiots....(Obama)
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Excellent points sub! And HI!!!
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Excellent points sub! And HI!!!
 Quoting: Jervis and V-Honey


Hey Honey ! hi

Thanks !