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US: Strike on N. Korea Possible if Nuclear Test Held
KBS World ^ | April 17, 2012 | Not Listed

Posted on 04/18/2012 3:23:02 AM PDT by No One Special

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command says the U.S. may launch a surgical strike against missile bases and nuclear test sites in North Korea if it conducts a third nuclear test.

Admiral Samuel Locklear explained the U.S.'s position on Tuesday at a meeting with South Korean defense journalists at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul.

Locklear said Washington is closely watching the North in relation to the possibility of a third nuclear test, adding the U.S. and South Korea are looking at all options including a surgical strike.

Regarding the North’s new long-range ballistic missile unveiled on Sunday, Locklear said the U.S. will closely monitor the North’s missile development in cooperation with South Korea and other allies.

The commander added that the U.S. will maintain its military presence of about 28-thousand-500 troops in South Korea.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: noko; nokorea; norks; northkorea; nukes
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1 posted on 04/18/2012 3:23:10 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Yeh...right...There are other countires involved in this. Have you talked to Japan lately?? Or China?? Or Russia?? Maybe mention it to the UN??


2 posted on 04/18/2012 3:26:04 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: No One Special
If this were to happen the response would immediately be a torrent of missiles raining down on Seoul which is only about 32 miles south of the border.
But it would be a remarkable wag the dog moment for obammy about Oct. 15th. And NOTHING out of this marxist narcissist would surprise me./
3 posted on 04/18/2012 3:27:53 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: No One Special

Wars and rumors of wars.


4 posted on 04/18/2012 3:29:56 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: No One Special

substitute “Iran” for “North Korea” and I’m in.


5 posted on 04/18/2012 3:31:47 AM PDT by Principled
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To: Sacajaweau

Or South Korea, which could/would lose a quarter of its population as a consequence?


6 posted on 04/18/2012 3:44:01 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: No One Special
C'mon now, this is all craziness. We KNOW that North Korea became our new 'Partner for Peace' in the far east after President George W. Bush took Pyongyang OFF the list of terrorist supporting nations in late 2008, and by choosing the path of diplomacy with the famous 'Six Party Talks', North Korea dismantled their nuclear program and became a responsible member of the community of nations. And by NOT listening to those warmongers Cheney and Bolton (arguing for military action both against North Korea AND Iran), George W. Bush was able to pave the way for the late Dear Leader and our current Dear Reader to let the comradely friendship between our two nations blossom.

Pardon me, I must lay down as I am about to swoon.


(I sure-TF hope I don't need a 'sarc' tag on this)
7 posted on 04/18/2012 3:52:59 AM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne- "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: No One Special

I honestly couldn’t see this administration attacking NK even if it sank one of our aircraft carriers.


8 posted on 04/18/2012 4:01:14 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: ctdonath2
It's our 20,000 troops that disturbs me....60 years later.

I know we have troops all over the world...but it seems that it was a war that should have been finished. North Korea is a mess and south Korea is flourishing.

9 posted on 04/18/2012 4:03:26 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: servo1969

No, but they sure would be “outraged”. This would be “not acceptable”, and they would strongly “condemn” them. That would put them in their place.


10 posted on 04/18/2012 4:04:19 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: JudyinCanada

The Korean War was never ended, there is an armistace. It was a UN action, thank you President Truman for subverting us to this second class status. So, would not the UN now have to approve a restart of a shooting war? Unless NK actually did something directly against the US, alone, where is our authority to in effect declare war upon them regardless of what they did. Why, we never even blew them off the planet after the Pueblo incident of the 60s wherein we had the right to wipe them out IMO.


11 posted on 04/18/2012 4:11:57 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: No One Special
This situation is like having a child and allowing him/her to do whatever they want for much of their lives. Then, suddenly bringing down the rod of correction and expecting an instant end to unruliness.

LMAO!

12 posted on 04/18/2012 4:30:00 AM PDT by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: Sacajaweau
Yeh...right...There are other countires [sic] involved in this. Have you talked to Japan lately?? Or China?? Or Russia?? Maybe mention it to the UN??

Has it been mentioned to the POTUS?

13 posted on 04/18/2012 4:32:08 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Principled

Me too; here’s my $10.


14 posted on 04/18/2012 4:33:25 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: No One Special
US: Strike on N. Korea Possible if Nuclear Test Held

Very doubtful, at least until it is closer to the election.

15 posted on 04/18/2012 5:09:00 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Sworn to Defend The Constitution Against ALL Enemies, Foreign and Domestic. So Help Me GOD!)
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To: No One Special

Sounds like the Norks are getting closer to actually having a test that works.


16 posted on 04/18/2012 5:20:35 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: No One Special

Ordinarily the Media would be collectively wetting their pants over talk like this. I guess they aren’t because Obama doesn’t want to talk about it. And he doesn’t want to talk about it because it doesn’t fit in with his re-election strategy — which we see involves outraged minorities.


17 posted on 04/18/2012 5:24:11 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: No One Special

Not by this Coward in Chief!


18 posted on 04/18/2012 5:37:56 AM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: No One Special

Won’t happen. A missile could hit the coast of California and I’m not entirely sure we’d do anything besides “strongly condemn” and “enforce stronger sanctions and isolation”.


19 posted on 04/18/2012 5:58:38 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Principled

Not really much difference, given their cooperation on missile and nuclear technology.


20 posted on 04/18/2012 6:01:47 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: No One Special
While I have no special knowledge of nuclear weapons or the NK program, I believe they will test again. All known evidence of their previous ones point to "fizzles" in the expected yield. This is likely due to the inablility to remove P-240 impurities from the plutonium they've processed.

We've heard reports the Iranians and Norks have been cooperating on missile and nuclear technology. Three things make this a dangerous pact, if true:

1) The Iranians have reportedly done extensive research on explosives to implode a nuclear core.

2) A failed CIA operation in the 90s supposedly gave the Iranians complete blueprints for a compact warhead design.

3) The North Koreans have several KGs of plutonium for which they cannot/will not give an account.

21 posted on 04/18/2012 6:17:00 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: ctdonath2

Yep. Seoul would no longer exist.


22 posted on 04/18/2012 6:30:37 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Principled

I was actually wondering why we are so antsy to war with Korea and not Iran. Easy answer. Obama doesn’t want to get rid of an enemy to Israel....


23 posted on 04/18/2012 7:33:06 AM PDT by DrewsMum
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To: No One Special
Admiral Samuel Locklear explained the U.S.'s position on Tuesday at a meeting with South Korean defense journalists at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul. Locklear said Washington is closely watching the North in relation to the possibility of a third nuclear test, adding the U.S. and South Korea are looking at all options including a surgical strike.

I'm curious as to why the administration is having a regional military commander say this rather than Hillary Clinton or Leon Panetta.

24 posted on 04/18/2012 7:38:31 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: luvbach1
Japan has the capability to take out the sites themselves. They have quietly acquired air refueling tankers, modified their fighters to air refuel (air refuel doors on F15s were welded shut but all piping was in place) and they have been practicing with US forces for years.

They have four KC-767s and know how to use them by now. They can reach just about anywhere in NK.

All their “self” defense forces have offensive capability.

25 posted on 04/18/2012 7:40:24 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: No One Special
Hey, if Palmetto Head really wants to test nuclear weapons, maybe we could help him. .... we have some really cool ones.

We could probably scratch-build him a 50-megaton one for the world's first countrywide renewal program.

26 posted on 04/18/2012 7:47:29 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: redgolum

Which sucks, when you know someone there.


27 posted on 04/18/2012 7:59:07 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: No One Special

This report is a cruel hoax - yet another Obama Admin LIE.


28 posted on 04/18/2012 8:14:12 AM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: ctdonath2; Sacajaweau; redgolum
Or South Korea, which could/would lose a quarter of its population as a consequence?

If the folks I've met while in SoKo are any representation, then half of them have supported the "appease them with rice and they'll leave us alone" attitude. For those people, the living conditions in the north were not their problem, and the "rice tax" has been an easy way out.

Now their whole nation may reap the result of that policy.

29 posted on 04/18/2012 8:35:59 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

The other half thinks it’s the USA’s fault via keeping that border sealed. They want a East/West Germany solution: open the border, let people go where they want, deal with the problems as preferable to the status quo. (Don’t think NK likes that option.)


30 posted on 04/18/2012 8:49:29 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: No One Special

I’ve thought this over many, many times over the years. I’m now thinking that if MacArthur had gotten his way and used tactical nukes to keep the Chinese “volunteers” out of the war, there would BE no North Korea today. My Dad and his brother were both there during the war. The North Korean army had its ass handed to it after Inchon – they were rabble to begin with, but there was a whole LOT of them. The Chinese were a professional, trained and well-led fighting force. The American army was a shell of its 1945 self and didn’t take the NKs seriously – Task Force Smith fought bravely, but was thrown together from occupation forces in Japan and had outdated weaponry – 3.5 inch bazooka shells bounced of T34 hulls. Truman was a ‘Rat, pure and simple. Once a DummycRAT, always a DummycRAT.


31 posted on 04/18/2012 9:18:01 AM PDT by Nathaniel (- A Man Without A Cross -)
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To: No One Special
Obama just might send Madeleine Albright back to show them we mean business.
32 posted on 04/18/2012 9:25:37 AM PDT by rpkgolf
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To: USAF80

Glad we don’t have to fight Japan again.


33 posted on 04/18/2012 9:48:48 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: No One Special
Never happen...crazy idea.An all out attack meant to absolutely destroy NK’s military might be reasonable but not a “surgical strike”.South Korea is one of the world's most important economies and Seoul is within easy artillery range of the border.
34 posted on 04/18/2012 9:52:01 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: No One Special

“The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command says the U.S. may launch a surgical strike against missile bases and nuclear test sites in North Korea if it conducts a third nuclear test.”

There is no way the U.S. is going to strike, and the comment is just planted in the press in a bid to dissuade North Korea from conducting the nuclear test. I just don’t buy it, and the last thing we need is yet another war in another region of the world.


35 posted on 04/18/2012 10:05:08 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Nathaniel
I’ve thought this over many, many times over the years. I’m now thinking that if MacArthur had gotten his way and used tactical nukes to keep the Chinese “volunteers” out of the war, there would BE no North Korea today.

I've often wondered about this very scenario.Why didn't Truman,or the Secretary of Defense,state publicly,and communicate privately to the Chinese,something like "any foreign troops entering Korea from the north will be met with a nuclear response".And at the same time it could be communicated to the Soviets (privately,at least) that if *they* wanted to mix it up we'd be happy to oblige.

36 posted on 04/18/2012 10:07:20 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: No One Special

Would not be the least bit surprised if Obama advisors are telling him a strike would go along way in helping him in the phony polls.

You can be darn sure if he did this, the MSM manufactured polls would show him with a huge bump, manufactured bump for sure.

Also lets face it, much of the American public is influenced by MSM polls, this is undeniable. Look no further than people who call themselves Tea Party yet support Romney etc.

The American people are swayed by the MSM for the most part, in spite of internet talk radio and supposed right wing Fox.

Even many people here, I might even say majority here, seem to swallow polls as if they are Gospel.


37 posted on 04/18/2012 10:28:58 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: No One Special

?

0bama would do this?

Where’s all the chatter about this? Where’s the proof they even have viable stuff?

Iran is far more worrisome...


38 posted on 04/18/2012 10:40:55 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: No One Special

That’s insane. What, is Obama planning to cloak himself as a wartime prez?


39 posted on 04/18/2012 11:04:19 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: No One Special
"The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command" was talking to China, Russia and others (Asia). Welcome to something much larger, more dangerous and more complicated than the Cold War.

US TOLD TO LEAVE CENTRAL ASIA [Russia & China demand "deadline."]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1437369/posts
(06JUL05)


40 posted on 04/18/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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New North Korean ICBM (Even Larger Than Missile In Last Week’s Failed Launch Of “Space Missile”)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2873681/posts

And don’t forget N. Korea’s partner in engineering those things: Iran.


41 posted on 04/18/2012 11:28:06 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: No One Special
Get real. Just cut off the food and let them starve. If we strike North Korea then Seoul gets pummeled in retaliation. There is no way to get all their artillery and rocket positions before they have savaged the city.

Obama is an armature. He makes threats he can't carry out, and that means nobody takes him seriously. Threaten to cut off food aid, that is a real threat. Threaten to blockade their coast, that is a real threat. Threaten anything short of all out invasion to push them back out of range of Seoul and they know it is a bluff. And we don't have the forces in theater to actually invade the North so even that would be a bluff without a major buildup first.
42 posted on 04/18/2012 11:44:42 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: No One Special

Locklear is speaking out of turn and has NO support for this position in the WH or the Congress.


43 posted on 04/18/2012 11:45:48 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Sacajaweau

They must be getting really old. Would they really be able to fight the norks?


44 posted on 04/18/2012 11:54:02 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: USAF80

No worse enemies than the Japs. Pretty good friends, but if you want to get their attention you have to drop the big one. Twice.


45 posted on 04/18/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: rpkgolf

WHY DO THAT WHEN HES GOT THE BEAST?


46 posted on 04/18/2012 12:10:11 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: No One Special

tough talk in an election year

nothing but politics

plus, watch for those Friday night newsdumps when Obama decides to send NK the food anyway


47 posted on 04/18/2012 12:24:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Tallguy

If the President were a Republican, this would be the instant outrageous top news story of the day. The President is a warmonger!!

but its a D...

*crickets*


48 posted on 04/18/2012 12:27:55 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Nathaniel

You and your Dad are exactly right about how we shoulda turned MacArthur loose(r). But my 3.5 inch bazooka didn’t have any real trouble with T-34 sheet iron-—you just had to be closer than he could shoot——that’s the butt-pinching part.


49 posted on 04/18/2012 12:42:53 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: GonzoGOP
Get real. Just cut off the food and let them starve.

I remember when we flew rice into NK. They would reject the bags with any Korean or Japanese markings. We would have to re-bag the rice in bags with Indian markings. I'm certain that the NK poeple have no idea that their two southern neighbors were feeding them.

50 posted on 04/18/2012 1:06:30 PM PDT by USAF80
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