Norks Threaten War if Sanctions are pursued

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tensions rose along the Korean Peninsula Wednesday as North Korea warned of physical retaliation for increased U.S. pressure over its reported atomic test, and South Korea discussed preparations for a nuclear attack that could include an expanded conventional arsenal.

North Korea said in its first formal statement since the test that it could respond to U.S. pressure with “physical” measures.

“If the U.S. keeps pestering us and increases pressure, we will regard it as a declaration of war and will take a series of physical corresponding measures,” the North’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. The statement didn’t specify what those measures could be.

North Korea’s No. 2 leader threatened in an interview with a Japanese news agency that there would also be more nuclear tests if the United States continued its “hostile attitude.”

Captain Ed of Captains Quarters sums it up best;

Either this is a bluff, or Kim really has decided that the moment to go to war is now. It might seem propitious to Kim, with the US focusing on Iraq and Iran

and NATO tied up in Afghanistan. The Russians have Georgia on their minds, and show no particular inclination to put the brakes on Pyongyang. The Chinese would not want a war, but they’re probably not ready to expend the hundreds of thousands of troops necessary to stop one.

That leaves Japan and South Korea pretty isolated. A lot of speculation has been offered about Kim launching ICBMs at the western US, but that presumes Kim can launch a Taepodong-2 successfully, which he has never done before. However, both Japan and South Korea are in easy reach of his shorter-range missiles, and the latter also in range of massive artillery batteries ready to fire now.

It’s likely that all of this is a massive bluff, intended to frighten the players into capitulation on Kim’s terms. However, Kim has hardly been a rational actor up to now, and one has to consider the real possibility that he’s ready to throw the dice on a regional war. He may think that he can beat the US due to a lack of resolve to respond militarily to an attack. If so, he has sorely misread the American people.

Unless North Korea is forced to pay a heavy price for its defiance of the international community, Iran and other rogue nations will take that inaction by the UN as a green light to pursue thier own Nuclear Weapons Program. If they want to call these sanctions an act of war then so be it.. The cost of inaction will be far greater…

Red Hot Cuppa Politics has an interesting take on the Chinese reaction to North Korea.. and suggests that China may pursue a regime change in North Korea, installing a Pro-Chinese Puppet regime..

Although I am not thrilled with a Chinese Puppet Regime in power in North Korea, it would certainly be better than Kim Jong Il.

Previous Post on the proposed sanctions:

Key Points of proposed sanctions against North Korea

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  1. You know … we have three major leadrs — Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong — and one basic question about each one: “How crazy is he?”

  2. Yo D,

    Do you ever wonder why it takes getting to this point before people realize what’s going on?

    Give Ann Coulter a read if you haven’t, she has a good one about “Clinton’s New Glow Job” regarding the erasure or lack of accountability regarding the Clinton Admin. from the likes of Bill Richardson et al.
    http://www.townhall.com/columnists/AnnCoulter/2006/10/11/clintons_new_glow_job

  3. Unfortunately Politicians in general and especially Democrats tend to pretend problems don’t exist until they get to to a crisis point, then they are more interested in scoring political points by pointing fingers than actually acomplishing anything.

    I have been back from vacation for almost 2 weeks and haven’t changed the format yet…

    Darrell




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