Originally posted by twhitehead
How are things going? Would they go better if they launched a nuke? I would think that launching a nuke in today's world would be suicide. I certainly don't think that launching a nuke would get anyone to pay them a ransom or remove sanctions or anything else that might be beneficial to them. Even threatening nukes has harmed them. It must be noted that s ...[text shortened]... ed their country just to they could stay in power (and benefit personally for the short term).
I think the primary reason the DPRK is doing this is to stop the USA/South Korea joint military drills from being done very close to their country. It is not an unreasonable request to ask that they be done further south. The USA didn't like the USSR putting nuclear missiles in Cuba and the response was the USA putting missiles in Turkey.
The USA is downplaying the DPRK's threats and saying they are not capable of delivering a nuclear armed missile to the USA mainland. I think that detonating a nuclear bomb above the USA to show they are capable would be in their best interests. It would not kill anybody and a electro-magnetic pulse would cause enough disruption that it would get the American people's attention.
Maybe then Obama will stop these foolish drills that are so close to the DPRK. So far, too few Americans are questioning Obama for poking North Korea in the eye with a stick. Americans think the DPRK is just being crazy. They don't see that those drills are too close for comfort for the DPRK and that ending them is a simple solution to all of this.
No, I don't think they should detonate a nuclear weapon on land. I do think they have good reason to threaten using them though. Not enough scrutiny is being focused on the policy of of the USA/South Korean joint military drills being done so uncomfortably close to the DPRK. Those drills should be done considerably further south. Until they are, the DPRK has every right to being bellicose.
When the USA put nuclear missiles in Turkey the USSR removed the missiles from Cuba, didn't they? The DPRK has every right to demand the same respect from the USA and asking nicely doesn't work, so that is why we get what is happening.