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  1. 24 Jul '10 17:57
    Following an announcement by North Korea that it may respond “physically” to a joint U.S.-South Korea military drill beginning Sunday, further rumbling above the 38th parallel has escalated to the point that the North is threatening a “nuclear deterrent” against the exercises.

    Part and parcel of the nuclear deterrent threat was the odd suggestion that Pyongyang was prepared to launch a “retaliatory sacred war.” —JCL

    The BBC:

    North Korea says it will use its “nuclear deterrent” in response to joint US-South Korean military exercises this weekend.

    Pyongyang was ready to launch a “retaliatory sacred war” at any time, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

    Washington and Seoul say the war games are to deter North Korean aggression.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2010

    http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/north_korea_threatens_nukes_20100724/
  2. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    24 Jul '10 18:02
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    Following an announcement by North Korea that it may respond “physically” to a joint U.S.-South Korea military drill beginning Sunday, further rumbling above the 38th parallel has escalated to the point that the North is threatening a “nuclear deterrent” against the exercises.

    Part and parcel of the nuclear deterrent threat was the odd suggestion t ...[text shortened]... ul 24, 2010

    http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/north_korea_threatens_nukes_20100724/
    Bet they don't...
  3. 24 Jul '10 19:52
    Originally posted by DrKF
    Bet they don't...
    I bet you're right. I hope you are. Are they insane over there or what? Why all this saber rattling? Are they trying to test Obamas resolve?
  4. 24 Jul '10 19:54
    they probably won't, but on the other hand, if they conduct a nuclear test in the sea or ocean during the exercises, what's going to happen to them? they're already isolated!
  5. 24 Jul '10 20:28
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    they probably won't, but on the other hand, if they conduct a nuclear test in the sea or ocean during the exercises, what's going to happen to them? they're already isolated!
    Hypothetically speaking,they do a strike of some sort on S.Korea.(Not all that far fetched. They just did a act of war sinking a ship.)
    What would be the response of the current administration?
  6. 24 Jul '10 20:35
    what was the current administration's response to Poland?
  7. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    24 Jul '10 23:57
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    I bet you're right. I hope you are. Are they insane over there or what? Why all this saber rattling? Are they trying to test Obamas resolve?
    OK. How about three hypothetical scenarios:

    1. Let's say the DPRK warns that it is planning to hit the island of Jeju in 3 days' time as a 'demonstration' and urges the ROK to evacuate the island. Should Jeju be evacuated and then see what DPRK does next? Or should there be a pre-emptive strike on the north? What other course of action could be taken?

    2. Let's say the DPRK hit the island of Jeju with a non-nuclear conventional weapon killing 10,000 of its population. What exactly should ROK and the U.S. do next?

    3. Let's say the DPRK hit the island of Jeju with a nuclear warhead killing 150,000 of its population. What exactly should be the response of ROK and the U.S.?
  8. 25 Jul '10 00:04
    Originally posted by FMF
    OK. How about three hypothetical scenarios:

    1. Let's say the DPRK warns that it is planning to hit the island of Jeju in 3 days' time as a 'demonstration' and urges the ROK to evacuate the island. Should Jeju be evacuated and then see what DPRK does next? Or should there be a pre-emptive strike on the north? What other course of action could be taken?

    2. L ...[text shortened]... illing 150,000 of its population. What exactly should be the response of ROK and the U.S.?
    The North Koreans better be careful and not use nukes or the Obama administration might impose further sanctions upon them.
  9. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    25 Jul '10 00:06 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by whodey
    The North Koreans better be careful and not use nukes or the Obama administration might impose further sanctions upon them.
    You think the U.S. would respond to a nuclear strike with sanctions?

    You are not interested in tackling the three hypothetical scenarios above?
  10. 25 Jul '10 00:08
    Originally posted by FMF
    OK. How about three hypothetical scenarios:

    1. Let's say the DPRK warns that it is planning to hit the island of Jeju in 3 days' time as a 'demonstration' and urges the ROK to evacuate the island. Should Jeju be evacuated and then see what DPRK does next? Or should there be a pre-emptive strike on the north? What other course of action could be taken?

    2. L ...[text shortened]... illing 150,000 of its population. What exactly should be the response of ROK and the U.S.?
    OK. How about three hypothetical scenarios:

    1. Let's say the DPRK warns that it is planning to hit the island of Jeju in 3 days' time as a 'demonstration' and urges the ROK to evacuate the island. Should Jeju be evacuated and then see what DPRK does next? Or should there be a pre-emptive strike on the north? What other course of action could be taken?
    preemptive strike
    2. Let's say the DPRK hit the island of Jeju with a non-nuclear conventional weapon killing 10,000 of its population. What exactly should ROK and the U.S. do next?
    declare war and lets get busy
    3. Let's say the DPRK hit the island of Jeju with a nuclear warhead killing 150,000 of its population. What exactly should be the response of ROK and the U.S.?
    nuclear retaliation resulting in the annihilation of the North
  11. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    25 Jul '10 00:15
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    scenario - Let's say the DPRK hit the island of Jeju with a non-nuclear conventional weapon killing 10,000 of its population. What exactly should ROK and the U.S. do next?
    utherpendragon - declare war and lets get busy
    The U.S. is fighting on two fronts in westernn/central Asia. Would you say it could handle a full scale war on the Korean peninsular right now?
  12. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    25 Jul '10 00:17
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    scenario - Let's say the DPRK warns that it is planning to hit the island of Jeju in 3 days' time as a 'demonstration' and urges the ROK to evacuate the island. Should Jeju be evacuated and then see what DPRK does next? Or should there be a pre-emptive strike on the north? What other course of action could be taken?
    utherpendragon - preemptive strike
    What kind of pre-emptive strike? Targetting what?
  13. 25 Jul '10 00:17
    Originally posted by FMF
    The U.S. is fighting on two fronts in westernn/central Asia. Would you say it could handle a full scale war on the Korean peninsular right now?
    Yes I do.
  14. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    25 Jul '10 00:18
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    secenario - Let's say the DPRK hit the island of Jeju with a nuclear warhead killing 150,000 of its population. What exactly should be the response of ROK and the U.S.?
    [b] utherpendragon - nuclear retaliation resulting in the annihilation of the North
    [/b]
    Would you expect China to stand aside and not act in any way?
  15. 25 Jul '10 00:18
    Originally posted by FMF
    What kind of pre-emptive strike? Targetting what?
    The usual strategic targets in these scenarios.