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NKorea would only use nukes if survival at stake: US
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Posted on 02/14/2009 11:48:25 AM PST by Sub-Driver

NKorea would only use nukes if survival at stake: US by Jitendra Joshi Jitendra Joshi Thu Feb 12, 10:48 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – North Korea is unlikely to use its nuclear weapons unless Kim Jong-Il's regime feels mortally threatened, but the Stalinist nation remains a wide-ranging menace, a top official said.

Dennis Blair, President Barack Obama's director of national intelligence, accused North Korea of exporting missiles to Iran while observing that Kim himself remains very much in charge despite an apparent stroke last year.

"Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions and proliferation behavior threaten to destabilize East Asia," Blair told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, presenting the US intelligence community's annual "threat assessment."

Before its shock nuclear detonation of October 2006, North Korea was believed to have enough plutonium for at least six atomic weapons and there are "increasing concerns" that it is still enriching uranium, Blair said.

But the retired admiral added: "Pyongyang probably views its nuclear weapons as being more for deterrence, international prestige and coercive diplomacy than for war-fighting, and would consider using nuclear weapons only under certain narrow circumstances.

"We also assess Pyongyang probably would not attempt to use nuclear weapons against US forces or territory unless it perceived the regime to be on the verge of military defeat and risked an irretrievable loss of control."

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he has got to be kidding....
1 posted on 02/14/2009 11:48:25 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
“But the retired admiral added: “Pyongyang probably views its nuclear weapons as being more for deterrence”

I can see his mind retired long ago! He fits in well with the "destroy America yes we can" theme in this communist sewer flowing currently in the White-house.

2 posted on 02/14/2009 11:53:11 AM PST by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s what all brutally oppressive dictators want, security. They are just scared. If we give him want he wants he will be happy and peaceful.We are awaiting a reply from albrights Valentine’s day present and hope he will show up at chuck e cheese for our great big tyrannical murderer hug fest.


3 posted on 02/14/2009 11:53:26 AM PST by allmost
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To: Sub-Driver

Is this a joke?

Well, if they’re only going to use them if they feel threatened, then there’s no problem, right?


4 posted on 02/14/2009 11:53:52 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah, he knows their intentions. [/sarc]
Capabilities are more important then intentions, as the latter is unpredictable.


5 posted on 02/14/2009 11:56:42 AM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I watched some of his hearing. I became truly frightened. He seemed so detached, so uninterested, and so poorly informed.


6 posted on 02/14/2009 11:58:17 AM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: Sub-Driver

Thank you Oncle Obama! I feel so much better now!


7 posted on 02/14/2009 12:03:22 PM PST by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristopherson)
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To: Sub-Driver

In addition to tax avoidance, extreme naivete also seems to be in great demand in staffing the Obamanation Admin.


8 posted on 02/14/2009 12:04:40 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The committed will surely dominate the complacent.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m starting to believe in reincarnation (/s). Neville Chamberlain keeps popping back up.


9 posted on 02/14/2009 12:13:49 PM PST by Hazwaste (Liberals love the average American the same way that foxes love the average chicken.)
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To: Sub-Driver
These careerist politico-military hybrids are getting to be a real hemorrhoid. Powell, Wesley dipshit, Sanchez, Zinni, now this poser. Jong-Il would use a nuke anytime he thought he could get away with it--like against the South, after Obama signed a bilateral peace treaty and nonaggression pact with him.(In exchange for "giving up" his nuclear program of course).

They'd probably share a Nobel for it until the mushroom cloud formed over what used to be Seoul and ruined the liberals' fun.

10 posted on 02/14/2009 12:17:10 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Sub-Driver

remains very much in charge despite an apparent stroke last year

They can not give a direct factual answer to did the man have a stroke yet they presume to be able to tell if he or his Government would use nukes and under what circumstances..........


11 posted on 02/14/2009 12:25:30 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: Sub-Driver

My God the ignorance of these people.

We have no idea how closely tied to terrorists North Korea is, but there’s no reason to think they couldn’t network with a grand design in mind.

Even China and Russia are wild cards. We have cut our military to the absolute bone, and now we have people who can’t fathom complex international dynamics.

We are waltzing into an ambush at some point. It’s my take that China is a lot more prepared for hostilities than our government is admitting to.

You give China less than ten years, and we’re looking at some serious s—t coming our way.


12 posted on 02/14/2009 12:28:17 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: McCain 2010, Gregg 2010, Snowe 2010, Spectre 2010, Collins 2014)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mark my post.

We will see at least a nuke detonated in anger with Obama in power. Hopefully it will not escalate too much (and hopefully we’ll have some around in case we need them). And hopefully after the first nuke goes off that kills many Americans, our Pentagon will clean things up a bit.

It ALWAYS happens this way, we have to live Obama’s learning curve, no different than with Carter.


13 posted on 02/14/2009 12:56:15 PM PST by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who’s stupid enough to fall for that?


14 posted on 02/14/2009 12:57:08 PM PST by nufsed
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To: nufsed
Who’s stupid enough to fall for that?

The Carter Administration, The Clinton Administration, The Obama Administration -- basically, any Democrat Administration.

15 posted on 02/14/2009 1:30:57 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The committed will surely dominate the complacent.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“North Korea is unlikely to use its nuclear weapons unless Kim Jong-Il’s regime feels mortally threatened”

Fine, but the question is, what makes these nut jobs feel mortally threatened? I’d rather not risk our security to the mental instability of these whackos.


16 posted on 02/14/2009 1:47:40 PM PST by yazoo
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To: Sub-Driver
Nuclear weapons expert Bill Wattenburg discusses the tumbling dominoes that begin when a foe of the U.S. explodes an atomic weapon on our soil. Those who would tolerate our enemy's acquisition of nuclear weapons are inviting the conflagration they pretend to oppose.

YouTube - Nuclear Attack on American Soil

17 posted on 02/14/2009 3:35:02 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: allmost

The dictators of North Korea have nothing to worry about except their own people eating them.

The Chinese don’t want a unified democratic Korea on their border. South Korea doesn’t want to pick up the tab for bringing North Korea’s standard of living up to something approaching its own. They also don’t want to share a border with an expansionist PRC.


18 posted on 02/14/2009 3:42:50 PM PST by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: Little Ray
There is a lot of hesitation/fear in the surrounding countries concerning what to do with the state. I understand this. At the same time they are a perpetual threat and a general nuisance. Also, the technological cooperation with countries such as Iran cannot be underestimated in dealing with the regime as a whole IMO. Something needs to give. Preferably before the fruit of appeasement literally blows up in our faces.
19 posted on 02/14/2009 3:49:40 PM PST by allmost
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham; nufsed

Essentially the same crowd that think the muslims would not have sacked europe the last time if we’d just told them up front we really liked them and meant them no harm.


20 posted on 02/14/2009 4:51:08 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: Sub-Driver
WASHINGTON (AFP) – North Korea is unlikely to use its nuclear weapons unless Kim Jong-Il's regime feels mortally threatened, but the Stalinist nation remains a wide-ranging menace, a top official said.
21 posted on 02/14/2009 7:36:35 PM PST by Oztrich Boy ( As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. - D)
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