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ECH1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 11:56 AM
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North Korea Warns of Nuclear War
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea warned of nuclear war Saturday and vowed to strengthen its deterrent forces as it demanded that Washington show evidence backing its allegation that the communist regime is counterfeiting U.S. money.

"Dark clouds of a nuclear war are hanging low over the Korean Peninsula," the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried by state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The North's comments Saturday follow a South Korea-U.S. agreement this month giving American troops more flexibility in the South.

The North said the pact was aimed at preparing for war.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060128/ap_on_re_as/nkorea_...
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 11:58 AM
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1. OK, shit, they got MY attention this Saturday morning! -eom
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 01:48 PM
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10. LOL...
Caught me too... "Saturday...um...this one or next one...WHAT??"

"North Korea warned of nuclear war Saturday" ....a classic
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ewoden Donating Member (634 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:19 PM
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2. You know things are getting tough for the US when
The lights go on, and the nuclear roaches stop scurrying for cover.
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:25 PM
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3. Doesn't North Korea threaten this biweekly now anyway? (n/t)
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 06:36 AM
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13. The North Koreans threaten everytime something happens they don't like
I've lived in Korea (ROK) for almost a decade now and it happens like clockwork.
Joint US-ROK forces do maneuvers -- Threaten war.
ROK navy chases PDK boats out of ROK waters -- War is possible.
High level US Diplomats visit border area -- Possible war.
Kim Jeong-il has a bad hair day (which is everday) -- War is imminent.

It's an old song. Kim Jeong-il is full of it.
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 07:29 AM
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15. Yep, it's a negotiation tactic.
The North Koreans, and to a lesser extent the Chinese, still have the habit of making the worst case scenario a centerpiece of their negotiation rhetoric. Or maybe it's that the Western press has a little trouble understanding that's what they're doing. That misunderstanding creates a lot of lucrative headlines like this one.

When the North Koreans and the Chinese are really planning to fight, they don't say jack about it and unload like a truckload of elephant crap on you when you least expect it.

So in a perverse way, threatening nuclear war is actually probably a healthy indicator of the state of relations between North Korea and the rest of the world.
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reprobate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:27 PM
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4. I think the neocons still think ICBMs are necessary for delivery.


Don't they realize that there are ships full of containers and automobiles arriving in this countries ports from Korea every day? How difficult would it be to have one of their contact cells in South Korea arrange for a device to be placed on one of those ships? Impossible? I don't think so.

Or are they really INTENDING to start a nueclear exchange so that they are the only ones left? But trying to figure out the motivations of this bunch of whackoes would turn the brain to mush.
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jgmiller Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:32 PM
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5. They do this all the time
Everytime something else on the world stage takes away attention from them they make a threat. They're probably jealous of Iran right now so they needed to say something. The guy running the show over there might be totally insane but he's not crazy enough to wreck his life. He's got it good, the rest of the country is in the toliet but he's comfortable. The think we have to worry about is what happens when he dies.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:35 PM
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6. Here's one reader
who takes them seriously. I have watched with increasing alarm, how the U.S. just taunts them, like kids who poke a monkey with a stick at the zoo. Or a bullfighter who waves the red flag in front of the bull.

I have NO doubt that N. Korea has nukes, right now. Unlike Iraq, which was never a threat to us. These guys are.

It seems like every week, there are new accusations hurled back and forth. No one seems to believe they might actually go ahead and do it.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 06:40 AM
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14. A few points from someone who lives and works in Korea
1. Yes they have nukes -- 99% assured.
2. They threaten that war is imminent, probable, possible, etc everytime something happens they don't like -- which are most things.
3. They are a minimal threat because their primary ally, China, keeps it that way. The PDK will not do anything stupid because Kim would turn up dead and most of North Korea would be China's newest province.
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:40 PM
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7. Do they have long range missiles?
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:57 PM
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9. Yes - but medium range only
They can attack US military facilites in SK, Japan and perhaps Guam - but not the US (and that includes Hawaii and Alaska)...

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/dprk/missile/index.html
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BadgerKid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 12:50 PM
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8. 'Axis of evil' flashback
thanks to * letting the phrase slip, it could be a two-front battle. Historically speaking, fighting on more than one front is unsuccessful.
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 02:53 PM
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11. these guys have propaganda down to an artform
DOOOOOOM ! ! ! !

bush spouts about 'freedom on the march' and 'the civilized world must', which is boring compared to these guys. but its all rhetoric.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 02:55 PM
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12. North Korea knows that Iran is going to be attacked and
WWIII will begin :nuke:
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