isaac wrote:I don't think North Korea wants to fight a war. I think they just want to be relevant somehow, and be able to keep the poplulation under control. With a starving population and nuclear weapons, mistakes could certainly be made that would result in war. Missing in North Korea is the fanatical ideology of the islamist that would make self sacrifice seem to make sense in the bigger sceme of things. I think they would rather negotiate for more freebies from wealthy countries so they can stay in power and live a cushy royal life.
Barion wrote:> So any takes on the so-called "failed" attempt to launch a
> satellite into orbit? Wasn't that their excuse in 1998, as well,
> with the exact same result of a launch over Japan with a
> splashdown in the Pacific?
isaac wrote:No worries. I'm sure President Obama will call for restraint from all parties and engage the North Korea's in meaningful and productive negotiation.
Iran is sailing into international waters, and Israel is snubbing their political noses at the USA at the very same time as North Korea's test. Could there be a connection?
I'm sure President Obama will engage in dialog and invite parties with all points of view to participate in the discussion in order to get to the bottom of this.
North Korea vowed Wednesday to attack South Korea if ships from the North are searched as part a U.S.-led effort to stop vessels suspected of carrying missiles or weapons of mass destruction. It also declared that the truce that ended the Korean War in 1953 was no longer valid.
On Wednesday, the government of Kim Jong Il went on a rhetorical counterattack. North Korea said it no longer could guarantee the safety of ships from South Korea and other countries sailing in the Yellow Sea off its western coast. It added that it would not honor a North-South border in that sea, which was drawn at the end of the Korean War.
The North also said it would not respect the legal status of five islands on the South's side of the line. Two naval clashes occurred in that area in 1999 and 2002, killing six sailors from South Korea and more than 30 from North Korea. In those skirmishes, North Korea was badly outgunned by the South's more modern weapons.
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