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Is North Korea a Nuclear Threat?

  1. Jun 25, 2006 #1
    I don't know one way or the other. I mean I know what the news says, I just don't know if all of this adds up to an actual threat. I have to plead ignorance on this one which is why I'm asking so I can know what other people around the world feel about it.

    I am wondering if North Korea is able to continue their nuclear weapons program, then is another country going to then wind up being nuked?
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  3. Jun 25, 2006 #2


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    I have an extremely difficult time imagining any country actually striking another using nuclear weapons. On the other hand, given what little those of us outside of Kim Jong Il's immediate circle of friends knows about him, he seems pretty damn insane. Lord knows what he might do. I certainly would not want to be in South Korea or Japan with him around, but I definitely do not feel threatened here in California.
  4. Jun 25, 2006 #3
    Perhaps to South Korea.

    The missle they are getting ready to test is a 2 stage version ICBM. If the are successful and then test a third stage...... Well Kim jong Il is more of a loose cannon than Bush and Shooter.
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    Not specifically a nuclear threat to the South. Seoul is likely in much greater danger from their artillery batteries than their nukes.
  6. Jun 25, 2006 #5
    Ya , I don't think the North Koreans would want to occupy a radioactive Hyundai factory.

    North Korea is a good example of how one deranged leader can maintain control over an entire country by convincing them that they have an enemy.

    Ironically that works both ways. ie American defense contractors must love that little North Korean nad man.
  7. Jun 25, 2006 #6
    I'd wager that even being the nut that he obviously is, Kim Jong still has enough sense to know that any such attack would get his country summarily flattened.
  8. Jun 26, 2006 #7
    I hear that kind of thing about Kim jong a lot, but I don't actually know why everyone thinks that. What exactly makes him a loose canon?
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    I thought this was standard policy in all countries these days...

  10. Jun 26, 2006 #9
    That sounds like a flow of energy in daily human relations
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    Well, the claim of the "nuclear club", those nations which already have nuclear weapons, is that "We have proven that we can have these weapons and not use them." Note that now includes India and Pakistan, which were formerly treated as outlaws, since they cooled their latest confrontation over Kashmir, precisely because they both now have nuclear capability. So now they are accepted in the "sane and sensible" category.

    The general rule seems to be, you are assumed to be a wild man until you prove otherwise. And since you can't prove otherwise until you have the weapons, are provoked, and don't use them, there seems to be a Catch-22.
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    I would consider NK a potential threat with nuclear weapons. SelfAdjoint makes some very good points.
  13. Jul 8, 2006 #12
    Its scary all these new countries developing nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them but turning around to these countries an saying your not allowed to do that is not the anwser, what right have we got to prevent any country in the world from developing anything which we have developed and are still independently maintaining. We can only do that if we were to hand all of ours over to an organisation like NATO and at the same time relinquished all independent controls over them.
    Not only that but if north korea had nuclear weapons they would never use them because if they did korea would be wiped off the face of the earth
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  14. Jul 8, 2006 #13
    I agree with most of you on that crazy as he may be i dont think hes dumb enough to actually launch nukes at any country. And if that articl is true i dont understand why we havent now done anything, its going way over the line to launch ANYTHING fake or not at anyone.
  15. Jul 8, 2006 #14

    There is al lot of space junk out there, but it would have to survive re-entry. It might have even been a piece of our own space junk that was found. But how the Korean Times got the information is a big ????

    To date North Koreas nuttly little leader has been more involved in blackmail than anything. The U.S. has given N.K over $2 billion in the last 10 years. On the other hand if NK ups the stakes to the threat of using or use of a nuclear weapon, all hell is going to break loose. They havwe been pushing the edge during this past week.
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  16. Jul 8, 2006 #15
    WOW you nailed that one.
  17. Jul 8, 2006 #16

    Does that mean America's not a member of the club, seeing as they are the only nation to have used them in anger.:rolleyes:
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    The first axiom of US political posturing is, "The rules don't apply to us." This is known as "American Exceptionalism" and it's an attidude we inherited from the British.
  19. Jul 8, 2006 #18
    Well we proved to ourselves along with the rest of the world why no one should use them, that mostly settled the debate.
  20. Jul 8, 2006 #19
    So you did twice,maybe third time will be lucky.:smile:
  21. Jul 8, 2006 #20
    Basically it is as long as the "good guys" like the US, Europe and Israel have them it is ok. Even when the "good guys" use them you can be assured it is for an even greater good. However the "bad guys" should not even be able to have a technology that can potentially make them, because of course that is all bad, because they are bad guys. This is of course obviously logical and reasonable. And if you don't understand that flawless logic, well then, by golly, you must be a bad guy!
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