Knew I should've returned Kim Jong Un's lawnmower...
Looks like I called it. Still, yikes, this makes me a little nervous since I live on the west coast... Oh, and can anyone explain this one to me, because I can't figure it out: The US will go to war with Iraq over the possibility of WMD's, but we won't go to war with a country who HAS WMD's and threatens to use them -- on us. (Note: this is a rhetorical question; I know that North Korea has no oil or other natural resources to steal.)Originally Posted by Reuters,3:51 p.m. CDT, April 3, 2013
Last edited by Stratago; 4th April 2013 at 11:15 AM.
Smogon: 'Nuff said.
Found this picture regarding the possible range of North Korea's missiles in this article:
North Korea 'moves mid-range missile'
If it's true, the missiles have just enough range to hit Alaska, as well as Hawaii, which North Korea has previously threatened to attack.
Well, this is certainly an interesting development.
Anonymous hacks North Korean Twitter, Flickr accounts - The Hill's DEFCON Hill
Anonymous getting in on the action.Originally Posted by The Hill
However, I really don't like the direction things are going here. This crisis is starting to remind me of the Cuban Missile Crisis or the 1983 Soviet war scare. A lot of things being said aren't helpful. My worry is, if they have capability of reaching the U.S., do they have capability to launch an electromagnetic pulse?
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Personally on the topic, i think North Korea won't really do anything threatening, i think its more of a attempt to "Intimidation" The U.S. is for more than capable of beating NK in a war even without nukes. Personally its the equivalent of a kid trying to get the big bully to do something, maybe their trying to provoke? Nevertheless they can't do much and if they do anything vaguely threatening the U.S. would strikes quickly and end it all(which i really hope wont happen)
Well if they decide to launch said missles out of NK territory then it looks like good night for NK. even if NK launches a shell attack like they did over the past years that will be enough to have the war back into full swing. this is really a save face attempt by the north by making all of these threats and getting no action.. Kim will either have to attack or risk being shamed by being the boy who cried wolf. if th north decides to attack another South korean vessel then that would be enough to gt SK to defend themselves and get the USA and possibly Japan involved as well
North Korean artillery still is years from being able to hit the US mainland even if we weren't to neutralize their missiles; I still regard this as an empty threat for the most part. They're just seeking to draw attention now that the last Kim's militant stupidity has turned even their south brothers against them. Even if they do try to pull something, they're not a major threat to the US or its allies save the South Koreans and Japanese. And they have very little incentive to attack the latter anyway. Though... I don't know, their leader is a crazed schizophrenic who acts literally like an 11-year old put in charge of a half arsed nation so who knows what stupdity they'll pull when they get desperate. either way, they're headed for the dump faster than a tsunami wave.
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Considering their past tantrums thse couple of years have largely been concentrated almost entirely around the South and its military allies (US), I don't think they have the balls to or even a halfway palatable excuse to attack Japan in the first place. Not only would it be out of nowhere, it'd also be a worthless way to go out with a bang, since Japan is basically part of "Neo-Nato" and publicly denounced North Korea's aggressive advances, but bombing them incites a US counterattack for sure, and in a straight out war those idiots have no chance. Plus, the Japanese aren't the most powerful military in the world, but they're not a bunch of pussies who would just stand by and let a nuclear-armed, communist nation drop bombs on them without getting some ass kicked in return. Russia isn't going to fight for them, and even the Chinese wouldn't shield them in the event that they get in a tussle with the USA.
I'm not even sure they'd even get that far to begin with, as they seem to be running their mouths farther than they have the man to back it up.
I'm not saying that Japan are weak or anything like that or that that's what they will do, I'm just saying that NK seem to be getting desperate and a last ditch "pointless" thing like that isn't something I'd rule out.
Such a photogenic face...