January 25th, 2013
08:10 PM ET

How dangerous is North Korea's nuke capability?

A defiant North Korea is threatening both the United States and South Korea in response to the United Nations decision to invoke additional sanctions on Pyongyang for it's rocket launch late last year.

Calling the U.S. a sworn enemy of North Korea, the government of Kim Jong Un vowed to launch more missiles and conduct a nuclear test.

Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr looks into how dangerous the North's nuclear capability really is.


Filed under: Asia • Kim Jong Un • Kim Jong-un • Missile launch • North Korea • Nuclear • South Korea • United Nations • weapons
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  1. tom george

    I believe that the USA should begin dropping thermonuclear bombs as soon as tomorrow. Why put up with them any longer? death to North Korea'

    April 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  2. Nelly

    No relations with Koreans; there is no place for Koreans in Western world. No business, no cooperations. Neither South nor North Koreans should not mingle in the West.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • Ghoully

      Hey, that's out of line. South Korea and the US are allies, and their country is run similiarly as well. Anybody has a place in America, as long as they come with an open mind and the ability to respect others.

      January 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • lulu

        well said, Ghoully

        February 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  3. Riza888

    Better put our drones to good use.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:59 am | Reply
  4. Skorpio

    N.Korea and Islam share the same ideology and modus operandi. Both systems depend on the people, especially radicals to control the majority of the population and impose their satanic systems. East Germany secret police used to have the same system where even family members were the incriminators of their own family, and when East Germany collapsed, none was responsible nor jailed for the crimes committed.

    January 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      Hate hate hate,that's all you know. How ignorant is it to compare a country to a religion? People like you always need someone to hate,I remember in the 80's it was the Russians-anyone who was Russian was hated and treated like a animal. Yes there are some bad Muslims(just like there's some bad Christians) but most are good people just like every religion or culture out there.

      January 28, 2013 at 1:36 am | Reply
      • AlphayOmega

        Amen brother!

        January 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
      • CharlieSeattle

        In the west muslims have freedom of religion and are not beaten, shot or run out of the city losing home and busines if they look cross eyed at the religious police or radical islamic murderers.

        In Muslim countries the reverse is true.

        In other words, your shi t does stink in spite of what you say.

        January 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
      • BigShiz

        The way middle eastern county's are is due to culture not religion. In India there are over 100million Muslims and less than a hundred murders a year.

        January 29, 2013 at 12:34 am |
      • BigShiz

        I'm not Muslim by the way,I just believe in fair treatment and justice for all.

        January 29, 2013 at 12:39 am |
  5. George Patton

    when stupid is going to realize that he can post or re-post 100 times under different names, but his tune is same broken tune, always. Hey stupid stop using Tea-Party, manure, right-wing, left-wing, Washington, and get a new RED nose you bozo.

    January 27, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Bibi The Play yer

      You're the biggest stu-pud here georgie pp-dude . . .nahhhh . . . I take it back . . . you dumber than stu-pud . . . you're so stu-pud, you're stu-pud 'er . . . . yeah . . . . .LOL . . . .stu-pud 'er . . . .just plain stu-pud'er and all your posts prove it beyond any doubt.

      Heeeeee-hawwwww! I love stu-pud 'er goyim like georgie . . . . .yipppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

      January 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • BigShiz

        Bibi is a gay Muslim.

        January 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      @ the fake George Patton above. Just where do yo come off desecrating the name of Gen. George Patton by posting all that meaningless drivel under his name? Gen. Patton commanded the 3rd Army during WW2 and yet you have nerve to sit at this web page to tear down his name with your posts? Where is your shame?

      January 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
      • Cameron

        You do realize that both George and Patton are fairly common names. His name just might be George Patton. Doesn't mean he is the commander of 3rd Army.

        January 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • Gen. George S. Patton

      Nuke Em.........

      January 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  6. 549chris

    My friend we have the same views on this matter.

    January 27, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply
  7. Tom

    My concern would be a EMP burst over the continental USA. Not a nuclear blast.

    January 27, 2013 at 6:13 am | Reply
  8. MIkhelin

    North Korea will not use Nuclear attacking. They built Nuclear explosive to protect their home land. North Korea will launch a first Nuclear Missile unless, within 200 miles of their home borderline from massive invasion such as D-Day. North Korea will attack with their non-nuclear weapons to start. North Korea will not use long range missiles to reach USA unless they success manufacturing with a Thermonuclear for using a long range missiles to USA. Small bomb is too waste money for a longest range intercontinental ballistic. USA is better off to stay home eat cheeseburgers and watch stupid sports.

    January 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      Typical communist.

      January 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        A typical Tea Partier. Kevin, where is your shame?

        January 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • George Patton

      you are incorrect to say "They [N Korea] built Nuclear explosive to protect their home land." They built and sell them to muslim countries like Pakistan, so they can bully peace loving countries.

      January 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Now that is the most sensible post I've seen here yet. Thank you, Mikhelin.

      January 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Reply
      • CharlieSeattle

        North Korea is stupid and paranoid enough to start WWIII just to make the news.

        January 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • StanCalif

      NK doesn't care about costs! All their rocket parts, technology and nuke materials come from China. NK is China's weapons development site.
      China has started to build their military might to protect their need for resources world wide. What would China's "best customers" do if China started testing long range rockets and nukes? China is certainly not stupid, like most Western (democracies) are!!!

      January 27, 2013 at 9:34 am | Reply
  9. Re-posted With Intent To Educate N Korean Muslims

    For the eyes of new bloggers, but old bloggers are more than well come to re-read my blog:

    Renowned Muslim activists and generalists in more moderate muslim countries like Turkey have decried the silence of the corrupt muslim governments over the continued “brutal murders of innocent peoples by their tyrants like 100 Shia were cold bloodily murdered in Pakistan by Sunni terrorists” and said all minorities should be given the right to self-determination.

    “Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Benghazi, Somalia, Algeria, Mali, and now North Korea, almost all muslim countries or countries with muslim mind sets are poverty ridden, uneducated, and bloody occupied by al Qaeda fighters, or some other types of muslim terrorist groups, or tyrants.

    Under the military rules in these countries, freedom of speech is non-existent and human rights abuses are wide spread by mullahs. A survey said 5 out of 10 grown up muslim men have never heard words like "Job", 'Education", "Election" or "Democracy".

    Lives of muslims in Pakistan, Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Benghazi, Algeria, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and now N Korea are made miserable by gun-totting army personnel or Jihadist terrorist groups, who routinely harassed, extorted money, committed raps, or terrorized people with impunity, adding that disappearances are almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves of minorities have been discovered in these muslim counties and the conscience of the world remains un-stirred................

    Tourism in Pakistan, Mali, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Nigeria, Benghazi, and now N Korea have virtually dropped to zero, while terrorism, unemployment, religious fanaticism have gone through the roof. More and more young muslims are joining terrorist groups to support their families. Sometime al Qaeda operatives by these young muslims from thier parents for as low as 50 dollars to use them as suicide bomber. These young muslims are more vulnerable to be exploited by mullahs also known as bookies or terrorist recruiters. All mosques are becoming terrorist recruiting centers too in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Benghazi, Mali.

    The apathy towards minorities of muslim countries like Pakistan, Somalia, Benghazi, Yemen, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, especially in the western world, is because of their pursuit of oil interest in the Middle East, where these USA, EU countries are more eager to “secure their oil supply with crook Arabs of Saudi Arabia, UAE than human rights in poor muslim countries"............

    January 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • michael murphy

      and this is new its been going on since the discovery of oil and HALIBURTON /DICK CHENEY LEAD THE WAY HOW MUCH MONEY DID CHENEY GIVE TALIBAN,WHERE DID MONEY COME FROM ,AND WHERE IS CONTRACT 4 PIPELINE OH I KNOW DIDNT NEED CONTRACT THEY HAD HAND SHAKE DEAL,NO DID CONTRACT CHENEYS FAMOUSEEE 4 THAT JUST ASK ALL THOSE LAND OWNERS IN WYOMING,OKLAHOMACOLORADO HES SCREWED ON ROYALTY PAYMENTS,WHEN R WE GOING 2 CLEAN UP AMERICA FROM ALL CORRUPTION ????MOTORHOME LAS VEGAS

      January 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • MIkhelin

      Those Muslim plebeians didn't want your police force in their backyards. You cant have them converting into a Global democracy such as human rights moreover equal rights against their cultures, otherwise they will make you to pay to have a democratic country in there. Now USA has a huge problem with national wide debit ceiling becuz of that, and Europe too.

      January 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • CharlieSeattle

      This is not a new revelation. Maybe to you.

      January 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  10. John Geheran

    send some more warships and shoot their missiles before they take off.

    January 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • John Geheran

      The above was not posted by me. Somebody is trying to make me look stupid for their personal amusement. This is harassment plain and simple!!!!!!!

      January 27, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  11. Portland tony

    Lot of Bad China theories here. Maybe true...maybe not. For one thing the Chinese don't want the NK government to fail simply because they couldn't absorb millions of NK refugees. And secondly , they don't want a western democracy like SK at their southern border: Not yet anyway. So they help prop up the NK government for purely selfish reasons.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  12. yc

    Oh Stan,

    I wonder if you're working for the budget office of The Pentagon。

    January 26, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Wake up! North Korea is simply the pawn of China's ruling Communist Party! China has the power and control to make NK whatever they want. China is beginning to feel threatened. Their huge economic success is creating a population that wants more freedom, freedom the "Party" is not willing to allow. NK is essential to "preserve the dream" and be used to test Chinese built rockets and weapons.
      If you think we are dealing only with NK over these issues, you're dead wrong! Don't forget, Russia is also highly involved with NK.

      January 26, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • MIkhelin

        Don't forgot, North Korea is a part of China's family (sister). Obviously, Chinese Red Army doesn't want to play a chess with western who wants to attack his sister. BUT North Korea is also part of China's land to protect themselves from infesting of western democrat such as LGBT show. North Korea knew it, its why USA had no balls to stop them or planning invasion. China must secretly told North Korea about too early to start attacking.

        January 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Bibi The Play ya

      Just for you stanley . . . . .I said this before and now I'm saying it again . . . .

      Silly Stanley . . . . of course I'm nuts . . . .duh!

      But you're a dork . . . a stu-pud'er dork spouting off cliches . . . .it's so obvious you know only what we want you to know.

      Suck it up . . . . .yeah suck up our authority . . .believe what you write . . . you're more proof we're doing a great job at keeping you dummies dumber than stu-pud 'er . . . yeah, what's more stu-pud than stu-pud . . . .It's you! Stanley. . . thanks for being stu-pud 'er!

      Heeeee-hawwww . . . . gitty-up tonto . . . . .and we love riding tonto . . . .tonto is Stanley!

      January 26, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  13. George Patton-2

    This is just more evidence that we need to sit down and talk to the North Koreans and forget all this right-wing manure being spewed out in Washington by those fanatics there. This animosity is getting us nowhere. The North Koreans, on the other hand, must agree to have nuclear power but no nuclear weapons at the U.N. South Africa has already worked out a similar deal with them.

    January 26, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Okay now on your are my #2. Now listen #2 we don't need to sit down with nobody.. We don't entertain demands of terrorists or terrorists harboring countries. Just drone them.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  14. StanCalif

    North Korea is not the problem, China is! Do you really believe NK can build long range rockets all by themselves? China is using NK as its proving ground and test facilities. Could China start building and testing ICBMs and not endanger their commercial success? Of course not. Recently China has realized it must expand its military to protect their interests world wide, not just a home. The Chinese have started their own saber rattling over Pacific Ocean claims. China's first aircraft carrier is a refitted relec they bought from Russia. Why? If they built their own, it would be much too alarming to their Western customers! When they complete their studies of this weapon, their own shipyards can quickly turn out many more. Politically and economically, they simply cannot risk doing this now. But they will be ready when the time comes. NKs proving and testing ICBMs is a big cover for China. NK has no commercial interests to protect abroad, but China does! And China is beginning to recognize their vulnerability abroad.
    Remember, China is still under the foot of their Communist Party. They are becoming increasingly worried as their allowed commercial success cannot continue if they cannot insure and protect their huge demand for resources they don't have.

    January 26, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Please Stan, lose your anti-Chinese paranoia. A case in point, we have military bases all over the world whereas the Chinese have no troops outside of China itself. Moreover, their military spending in no way compares with ours!!!

      January 26, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
      • StanCalif

        China is "awakening" and beginning to invest in military might. Of course they don't want to endanger their commercial success. China didn't need to put any "boots on the ground", the US was doing it! GW and Cheney salivated over Iraq's oil, who got it? Not us! Afghanistan's huge copper find was handed over to the Chinese (no news about this since last year). Iran's oil goes where? No, oil exports were never stopped. China extracts resources from Africa and South America, while letting everyone else do the dirty work! Now China is challenging their Pacific Ocean neighbors over fishing rights, even sending military ships to threaten! China has a huge resource problem and are beginning to feel threatened. What China needs, China will get. Soon they will have to fight themselves for these resources, and they know it!

        January 26, 2013 at 9:17 am |
      • StanCalif

        Also keep in mind, China doesn't need to spend like we do on the military. When China needs to put boots on the ground, they can do it quicky and at very little cost. But why bother while we do their dirty work. This may end soon, and this is a concern to the Communists who still rule China!
        Anytime a huge Chinese container ship can arrive anywhere in the world with containers filled with troops and equipment. Just like the Trogan Horse! Surprise!

        January 26, 2013 at 9:36 am |
  15. Bibi The Play ya

    North Korea is dangerous because we cannot control them like we control most every nation on the planet. They have turned their backs on our money, our way of life, and we have tried to whoop on them except they beat our butts with China's help.

    We're just going to continue to stand around and wait for the opportunity to slip our mossad/cia into their ranks and defeat them with bribery, deceit, lies, murder, women, g.a.y offers, double-dealings, sabotage, and maybe another outright war.

    We cannot disrupt their country like we are doing to Syria and what we have done to Libya, Iran . . .. the list is long.

    Sure . . .North Korea is a threat . . .but so are we . . .and when I say we . . . I mean . . us . . .the United States, Britain and France . . . .all of which are controlled by us . . .the smartest people on the planet. . . . we are the zionists of israel!

    And we control America and western Europe . . .our glue is our fiat money we create out of thin air. . . . it's the best way to live . . . .under our control.

    So, yeah . . .we have to suck it up and bid our time when we can strike the independent N. Koreans.

    We'll get 'em . . . .as long as China doesn't get involved.

    January 26, 2013 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      You're nuts!!! Who do you think is using NK? China has complete control over NK and is using them to preserve their idealogy without threating economic success. Attack NK and you attack China! Also, Russia is still highly involved. Putin dreams of the "good old days", and NK is the last remaining country that follows "the dream"!

      January 26, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
      • Bibi The Play ya

        Silly Stanley . . . . of course I'm nuts . . . .duh!

        But you're a dork . . . a stu-pud'er dork spouting off cliches . . . .it's so obvious you know only what we want you to know.

        Suck it up . . . . .yeah suck up our authority . . .believe what you write . . . you're more proof we're doing a great job at keeping you dummies dumber than stu-pud 'er . . . yeah, what more stu-pud than stu-pud . . . .you . . . thanks for being stu-pud 'er!

        Heeeee-hawwww . . . . gitty-up tonto . . . . .and we love riding tonto . . . .tonto is Stanley!

        January 26, 2013 at 10:40 am |

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