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North Korea on the Edge
Heritage Foundation ^ | 4/10/2013 | Amy Payne

Posted on 04/10/2013 5:41:07 AM PDT by IbJensen

Yesterday, North Korean officials warned foreigners in South Korea to leave that country. Today, the foreign ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) countries—the United States, Britain, Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy—are meeting in London to discuss North Korea’s threats.

Americans are taking notice. CNN reports that “more than four in 10” Americans in a new poll say “they see the reclusive nation as an immediate threat to the United States…That’s up 13 percentage points in less than a month.”

Heritage’s experts have been following the threats closely—in fact, senior research fellow Bruce Klingner, formerly the CIA branch chief for Korea, warned of the growing risk of a clash in late March.

Klingner says in his latest paper this week that the escalating threats are new and “more dangerous”:

Perhaps most worrisome is that the regime’s threat du jour is occurring so rapidly. In the past, Pyongyang would issue a threat and then allow Washington and its allies time to respond, preferably by offering benefits to buy its way back to the status quo ante. The current rapid-fire threats conflict with previous North Korean behavior and reduce the potential for de-escalating the crisis.

A few things to note:

North Korea is capable of firing missiles.

Heritage’s Michaela Dodge warns that “North Korea can already hit Hawaii, parts of Alaska, and California. It can also hit U.S. forward-deployed troops in South Korea, Japan, and Guam…While the Obama Administration does not believe that North Korea is capable of hitting the U.S. with a nuclear weapon, the U.S. has a history of underestimating North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.”

The U.S. has already responded to the threats—but more commitment to missile defense is needed.

The United States has sent nuclear-capable B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-22 fighters, and Aegis destroyers to South Korea. The Obama Administration reversed just a few of its harmful cuts to missile defense, now that the President realizes those defenses might be needed. But at the same time, the Administration has cut half a billion dollars from missile defense. This is the wrong direction to take.

Diplomacy doesn’t work with Kim Jong-un.

Klingner recommends tough sanctions against North Korea and others violating U.N. resolutions. The U.S. should “resist the siren song” of engaging North Korea in talks, while backing up our allies with a sustained show of force.

We can’t afford to be wrong. As Klingner says:

North Korea is easy to ridicule…Its leader could well play the villain in a James Bond or Austin Powers movie. Self-appointed ambassador Dennis Rodman’s visit affirmed the image of the reclusive regime as the ultimate reality show. As such, the tendency has been to dismiss all North Korean threats as bluster. That would be a mistake.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: evilnkorearegime; evilobamaregime; northkorea; warmongerer
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To: boxlunch

One interesting error is the gold standard, which enslaves the government to having to acquire gold in order to create money. Thus, government, while escaping borrowing from the banking cartel, comes back to the same banking cartel to buy gold. Few people understand that. Few realize that the Chicago school / Austrian school, though they have many correct thoughts (thus seeming to be the sought-after truth) were also initially set up by the same international banking interests to frame the “other side” of the debt money argument.

Few understand that the only reason gold was useful to governments in times past as a material to construct money out of was because it was difficult for the private sector to acquire and therefore served the function of inhibiting the private sector creating counterfeit money.

If countermeasures to counterfeiting are not taken, a nation winds up with less work being done, i.e., lower total productive output, and inordinately large amounts of counterfeit money circulating, which adds up to a recipe for very high inflation (more money chasing fewer goods).

21 posted on 04/10/2013 11:13:15 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: IbJensen

Meanwhile, blamed on the sequestration, 17 divisions of the Air Force of the USA are being gounded.

Does Obama expect the divers & Navy seals to be the ones to go after N Korea???

He couldn’t even play a good game of ‘Battleship’, IMO.

22 posted on 04/10/2013 12:05:18 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

How appropriate!!!

Tax day for Americans!!

23 posted on 04/10/2013 12:06:52 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: IbJensen

Aren’t they suppose to set us up the bomb today?

24 posted on 04/10/2013 12:06:53 PM PDT by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: All

The North is laughing at the response by South Korea. Not so much as one shot fired and there begging China and Russia to intervene.

25 posted on 04/10/2013 1:53:11 PM PDT by mulder1 ("The past is prologue.")
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To: ridesthemiles

Any of us here could whip his ass at checkers, let alone Battleship. That game requires players to exercise their memories and that means moving the grey cells around in our skulls.

26 posted on 04/11/2013 3:51:36 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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