March 13th, 2013
06:16 PM ET

Material in North Korea's nuclear test unclear, worrying for U.S.

By Jill Dougherty and Pam Benson

More than a month after North Korea tested a nuclear device, the United States is unable to pinpoint whether the regime was able to use uranium to fuel the explosion, a capability that would represent a significantly enhanced nuclear program.

The lack of clarity comes as North Korea ratchets up its bellicose rhetoric each day.

New video broadcast on North Korean television showed the nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, addressing his troops along the border on Monday and issuing a blood-chilling threat, "Throw all enemies into the caldron, break their waists and crack their windpipes." It was the same location he and his late father visited in November 2010, just two days before the North shelled an island, killing four South Koreans.

The bellicose comments have been intensifying over the past months, increasing worry about Kim's unpredictability.

"I am very concerned about what they might do. And they are certainly, if they chose ... could initiate a provocative action against the South," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

North Korea has threatened a pre-emptive nuclear attack not only on South Korea, but on the United States too. Military and White House officials have said the United States can defend against any such threat. President Barack Obama told ABC news this week that he does not think North Korea can make good on the threat.

"They probably can't, but we don't like margin of error," Obama told ABC News.

That ambiguity is not lost on Sen. Dianne Feinstein. "There's perhaps nowhere else on Earth where the capacity to wreak enormous damage is matched by the possibility of North Korea using their nuclear weapons," the chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee said.

Particularly worrisome are the advancements the North Koreans have made in their nuclear and missile programs. In December, they successfully launched a long-range ballistic missile for the first time under what the United States and other Western nations say was the guise of putting a satellite into orbit.

The United States is concerned that a long-range ballistic missile could be fitted with a nuclear warhead and could be capable of striking the mainland, although experts say North Korea does not yet have the expertise to do so.

And then last month, the Pyongyang regime conducted its third underground nuclear test.

U.S. officials tell CNN they have not determined what kind of nuclear device the north tested underground from its Pung-gye-Ri nuclear test site.

A U.S. intelligence official said "nothing has changed" since the Office of the Director of National Intelligence put out a statement within hours of the February 12 nuclear test indicating the test had an explosive yield of several kilotons.

The U.S. Air Force uses sniffer planes to take air samples after a test in hopes of scooping up radioactive particles that will provide more specific details about the contents. The official's comment indicates the United States has obtained no further information that would help determine the type of nuclear material used, and at this late date, probably would not.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, an international group that monitors nuclear tests, also said it was unable to get a fix on what fissile material was used by the North Koreans and didn't expect it ever would.

"What we are not sure of is if the North Koreans used plutonium, which they used in their earlier tests or highly enriched uranium for this third test," said Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association. "If they used highly enriched uranium, that would be very worrisome because it would suggest they have a larger supply of this material that would allow them to build a larger number of nuclear weapons."

Kimball said detection is always iffy. If the chamber where the explosion takes place deep underground is well-sealed, few particles may be released into the atmosphere. And if samples are gathered, they need to be "relatively fresh and very good" to determine whether it was a plutonium-based or uranium-based explosion.

The type of nuclear material matters because North Korea gave up its production of weapons-grade plutonium six years ago and only has a limited amount of the fissile material in its stocks, enough for approximately six bombs, according to experts. After years of denial, the regime acknowledged in 2010 it had an enriched uranium facility. That's problematic because such facilities are hard to detect and could produce large supplies of highly enriched uranium.

Kimball doesn't like the trend. "They don't yet have the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile that could reach the U.S. Despite whatever they say, they may soon - in the next two to three years with further testing - be able to deliver a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile that could strike their neighbors," Kimball said.

A North Korean expert believes that Kim Jung Un's regime is playing the international community. "North Korea had done three tests: the ballistic missile, the nuclear and a test of all of us, and the question is, what are we going to do?" said Philip Yun, executive director of the Ploughshares Fund, an anti-nuclear weapons foundation.

The United States and the United Nations have recently imposed additional economic sanctions against North Korea, but so far sanctions have not led to the resumption of talks.

The U.S. special envoy to North Korea says unless the regime is serious about talks and meets its obligations to de-nuclearize, its future will be bleak.

"North Korea will not achieve security, economic prosperity and integration into the international community while it pursues nuclear weapons, while it threatens its neighbors, while it tramples on international norms, abuses its own people and refuses to fulfill its long-standing obligations and commitments," Glyn Davies told a congressional panel. "This is one of the hardest foreign policy problems out there."

soundoff (874 Responses)
  1. Jeffe

    They don't have long range missiles, but why can't they just drop it from a plane?

    March 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • DJL

      Because they'd be intercepted and shot down before getting over US soil.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  2. squirrel

    as Barney Fife would say " nip it in the bud "

    March 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  3. Pliny

    China is totally to blame for this situation.

    It should be policy that any attack from the NKs (conventional or nuclear) should be treated as an attack by China.

    Make Peking pay for supporting the heavily-armed, paranoid-children that have enslaved NK.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Larry Smith

      I agree. I believe China tries to appear separate from North Korea, but I believe they control North Korea and much as the US controls Hawaii.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
      • cs

        lol at wanting to kill millions of people including Americans by going to war with china. Are you people insane?

        March 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Johnna

    Neutron bombs for north korea, problem solved!

    March 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  5. Blaq_0ut

    Yeah sure, whatever. The second a missle is launched in our direction it'll be shot out of the sky and we're retaliating. I know people think Americans are over confident, but you know what? Those are the capabilities of our country's defense and one of the reasons I love that I live here.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  6. Brandon B

    I am disturbed by North Korea's statements of miserable destruction agaisnt innocent people. Alot of innocent people are gonna die because of one man. People on both sides. What a ridiculous world we live in.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  7. the Mayor of Medinah

    I think that if this guy had a better barber he would not be so angry at the world all the time.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  8. Bohemer

    Posturing for the media. Surprised how many gullible readers swallow such easy bait..

    March 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  9. Peter

    I think we're naive if we think that Iran does not already have nukes. We're also naive if we think that China is not the puppeteer of North Korea and Iran.

    Since we don't have control over our borders with Mexico, Canada, Pacific and Atlantic ocean, some of those nukes may already be in the US.

    So, don't worry, be happy. As the song says.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • cw

      Yes, because it's ever so easy to transport nuclear devices. Are you braindead? Or does your tinfoil hat need tightening?

      March 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
      • Peter

        Let's hope you're in the know to be able to tell us how difficult it is to import stuff like that.

        I don't know if you realize that a lot of miniaturization has happened since WWII

        March 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
      • tjp44

        good put and but there are suitcase nukes form Russia missing.....if they had them, they would use them........

        March 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • tjp44

      Peter, please grow a brain cell or two prior to posting.....

      March 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Peter

        Too late to grow brain cells. Too much beer 🙂

        March 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Tim Rigney

      We would know it if they did. There's sure-fire signs of it detectable by satellite.

      March 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  10. sperry23

    What this little idiot doesn't realize, is that we DON'T need to use nukes in retaliation for a first strike. Some well-targeted bunker busters and MOABs (worthy successor to the Daisy Cutter) will take out their command and control as well as their front-line troops just as effectively without creating a radioactive wasteland.

    They may try to strike first, but we will most certainly finish it most effectively.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • flossmore

      Right you are Sperry, but wouldn't you think that a tiny little country like N. Korea would be wise to try and get along with the rest of the world, instead of mouthing off like it does?? Where are this little commie's brains....up his ar-se? Any such strike, anywhere......would be dealt with.....with deadly ramifications! One would think they would know that!

      March 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply
      • Crash14

        Here's the scary question. What if China WANTS NK to stir up trouble, send a "glowing Christmas present" down our chimney, only to invade while we concern ourselves with the Asian Naploean? China has the resources and certainly the people (Million Man Army) to cause great destruction and chaos in our country. NK may just be the fuse for the "large explosion"...just a thought

        March 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
  11. NorCalMojo

    China must have left the gate open again. Their little dog is out and pooping on lawns.

    You'd think they'd have them under control by now. China's sphere of influence looks pretty small right now.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      ... and that is what China may want us to think. China: "Oh I can't control North Korea. After all, we all know they're nuts."

      Yea, right. Sometimes what seems obvious is not what the strategy is.

      China has very long term planning. They think 50 years ahead. Two ways of becoming the next top dog in the world.

      Plan 1 – Do it economically, by feeding the US with all the money it wants to borrow. In this sense, China is the drug pusher to the spending drug addict that is the US. Eventually, we can't even pay our interest on the debt, the dollar collapses and it is no longer the world reserve currency. That is one way China wins control. And, if the financial method does not work, then there is plan 2 ...

      Plan 2 – So if the US does not self destruct financially, the Chinese use surrogates (NK, Iran and others) to take the blame when their nukes are smuggled into the US and destroy major cities.

      Do you guys think this is not what is going on? I hope I'm wrong!

      March 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • Aaron

        You forgot that they are using "the art of war" against us in trade stealing our technology and jobs via counterfeiting and hacking and cheating which lowers our wages and puts us into a catch 22 where we are more and more dependent on their cheap goods. They will keep doing it to hide that their communism doesn't work and they will hold up their gains that they stole from us as the rewards of their communism when the truth is they have had a long time to get things right instead they steal the wealth and rewards of a young country with diversity that worked out a more constructive and fair government that can evolve.

        March 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  12. the dude

    Bwa ha hah a lol

    March 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  13. Mike

    It's really to bad politicians back in the 1950s did not want to win the Korean war. The war could have been won and this wouldn't have been an issue for the last 60 years. The last president to actually win a war was Harry Truman and he used the military resources at his disposal. This North Korean problem will go on and on because we are not willing to do what it takes to put down a Communist government.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • oldguy68

      Harry Truman used nuclear weapons in WWII but opted to not do so in Korea. An early assessment of the North Korean invasion was that it could be stopped with 5 A-bombs. Obviously, this option was not exercised.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • kake79

      While I agree with the general sentiment of your post, to refer to the DPRK as Communist is laugable. It is a dictatorship, flat out.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • W

      Time for you to brush up on some history. Truman was president for nearly the entirety of the Korean war and had already began leading the U.N., KPA, NDK, and U.S. in negotiations for a peaceful resolution. If it wasn't for the issues surrounding POW's the resolution would have probably been signed before he ever took office. The U.S. pledged a little over 300,000 troops to fight in a war that had ultimately reached a stalemate and had a casualty rate of about 10%. (36,000 American soldiers died) You say we should have continued to send in troops, however, the Soviet Union technically had control over North Korea after WWII (hence why it is a communist country) and a U.S. led invasion would have futher provoked a country that already had a tense relationship with the entirety of the U.N. but especially the U.S.

      The Korean War happened because they divided control over the region based on the 38th parallel. For the U.S. to invade and take control (even if it was just going to give it back to Korea) would have been to breech the U.N. Security Council Resolution after WWII and made things very difficult for the entirety of the U.N.

      So in short, that would have been a really bad idea.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  14. Mark9988

    He was also heard to say "Disrespect their esophaguses and trample their very spleens." He's a cartoon leader with nuclear weapons.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  15. jj

    Dennis Rodman, get this man under control

    March 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Larry Smith

      Dennis can't get himself under control. Much less other people.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • NorCalMojo

      They fell out when Rodman figured out he wasn't the Gangnam guy. I think that's what started the latest tantrum.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  16. dd

    Obama is a Bush turd. The people of South Korea are going to die at the hands of Obama.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • lol

      Idiot.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  17. Civitas

    Captain Oveur: Joey, have you ever been in a... in a Turkish prison?

    March 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  18. Barry G.

    Unfortunately as long as China keeps supporting (and protecting) N. Korea, there's not much we can do.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      Why don't you start by boycotting Walmart? 90% of what they sell is crap made in China.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
      • Mike

        YOU MEAN "COMMUNIST CHINA" ?

        March 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  19. Joe

    "Crack their wind pipes?" That's the BEST this guy could come up with? HOW PATHETIC – I thought that this guy actually went to collage to Europe? Where Amsterdam to study on a HASH PIPE?

    March 14, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Jon

      He went to college in Europe. He probably didn't make collages in Europe.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • JLV

      He went to college in europe, but his audience didn't You didn't go to college anywhere did you.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Al.Warren

      He meant to say "Smash their Crack Pipes"

      March 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  20. kennyzales

    Since South Koreans generally hate Americans anyway, why exactly should it bother us if North Korea goes forward with a first strike?

    March 14, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • ttlion

      ET's are here...........

      March 14, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Larry Smith

      They didn't hate Americans 20 years ago when I lived their for 2 years. They treated me like I was a celebrity. However, I sensed a jealousy sometimes because we are certainly blessed here in the US compared to most other places. There was a some hate mostly limited to college campuses, but that may have grown since I was there.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • LBB

      What do you base your statement on? I've been to South Korea. They don't hate Americans. Everywhere I went Koreans were generous and wanted to engage in coversation. I've traveled in Europe and the Koreans were much more friendly and helpful. I'm sure there are some young people who don't remember the Korean war and would like to see our troops leave but that doesn't mean they don't like us. I'm sick of people on these discussions saying things that have no basis.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • Kris

        Alot of South Koreans (particularly women) like Americans, especially the G.I.s, trust me on this. When I was stationed in Germany, I couldn't believe the number of Koreans on base, and shopping at the PX's. Alot of the women marry American G.I.s to come here, sadly. So the blanket statement that South Koreans hate Americans is not true. And we're over there in South Korea helping to protect their asses so there is no basis for their sentiment against US.

        March 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Hold'em Newbie

      What?? South Koreans love Americans for the most part. We have a great relationship with them. I was in South Korea for 3 months a few years ago, and everywhere I went I was basically treated like a celebrity just for being American. I have been to a lot of foreign countries and I can honestly say South Korea is the friendliest place I have ever visited.

      What people don't seem to realize/grasp/remember is that whenever you have soldiers in a foreign country there ends up being some local resentment, particularly when the soldiers commit crimes or have accidents (ie a crashed helicopter) that harm local civilians. There have been incidents of both the crime and accident variety involving our troops in South Korea. So yes, a few South Koreans that live near our military facilities are jaded against Americans for those reasons but honestly they are an extremely small percentage of the population.

      South Koreans also are very aware of how significant our guarantee to protect them is.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • JLV

      If we stopped defending people who hate us, France would be west germany.

      March 15, 2013 at 10:37 am | Reply
  21. michael

    This is pretty concerning since this is a country that keeps threatening us and our Government is not responding and now our Military doesn't know what type of weaponry they used? Are they going to wait until a missile is headed our way?We went to Iraq and Afghanistan for a lot less.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Sybaris

      Please Michael, grace us with you vast experience in foreign policy and tell us what should be done.

      March 14, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • nyboy

      In short yes, what till a missle comes our way, shoot it down, and then send a dozen, or more if needed back and then let North Korea figure out if they want to join the world in peace and we'll probably help them out and if the don't then let them figure their own way back from the stone age. I don't see any other legitimate or morale response that doesn't make us the oppressor. It's esentially the old cold-war Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) we had with Russia. We stand in defense and then kick the you know what out of North Korea if they do a preimptive strike.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • UFC iTard

      North Korea doesn't have anything worth taking.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • fml

      Where's Ronald Reagan when you need him?

      March 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  22. Jay

    FU(K you Kim Jong Un. $H1T or get off the pot. I'm sick of hearing you talk big, do something or shut the Fu(k up.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • dcase20

      Fu(k yeah!

      March 14, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Kenny of Salt

      Yeah, Kim Jong Un, Jay's gotta go potty. What are you doing in there? It doesn't take that long to wash your hands...

      March 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
  23. dave

    Nuke em NOW.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
  24. mommajcole

    Windpipes?? Really?? Given your height, I suggest that next time you go with kneecaps.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  25. ashley

    people say some dumb stuff on here .,jhust to get attention
    get a life and grow up .. and stopfeeningfor attention

    March 14, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
  26. Mike R

    at child emperor is being fed lies by his older minions to instigate a war that they don't want to be blamed for. Dennis Rodman better talk some sense to Kim before he regrets his order for war. There are forces in this world that look forward to this because it's spells 'big business'. Question all authority people. We can prevent the staging of an Armageddon through the banishment of our own ignorance. May Jehovah God bless humanity to help bring peace so that He can help us build a paradise on Earth. Hallelujah and praise Jesus. Amen.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Mike R

      THAT child emperor better not be playing with fire or him and his whole country will get burned by the consequences of his actions...

      March 14, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • The guy

      Blessings upon you from JHVH1.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  27. palintwit

    You know you're a tea party patriot if you drink out of a mason jar because you don't own any real glasses.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  28. stonycurtis67

    what war experience does this guy have other than Call of Duty? thats what scares me he has no concept of what real war is like, there is no replay button fatso!

    March 14, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • MrsFizzy

      Too many people in the world think like this. And this is all paranoia. Who cares about North Korea otherwise? What would a war be about?? Just attention seeking? Why don't they just seal themselves off from the rest of the world, all countries swear that they have No interest in them whatsoever and everyone just simmer down?

      March 14, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  29. Alaskan Moose Stomp

    Find a way to get Palin's b00bs and Kartrashian's azz in space and no rockets will be able to get thru our air space

    March 14, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
  30. palintwit

    You know you're a tea party patriot when you invite your friends over to watch Deliverance.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      You know you're an Obama supporter if, well if your black. That's all the reason you need. Holler at a player.

      March 14, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • Bob Baden

        I support Obama. I'm white. Could you pleas elaborate on your racist remark.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:18 am |
      • Earl

        Haha He*l yeah boi! Hey, how have your Klan meetings been going??

        March 14, 2013 at 11:19 am |
      • Kris

        The only thing different from President Obama from any other past President, is his skin color. Anyone who compares President Obama to Abe Lincoln or any other respectable historical figure is high. Obama is no Lincoln and he is one of the most controversial, liberal Presidents we've ever had. Not a good thing.

        March 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • palintwit

      You know you're a tea party patriot when you don't like excessive taxation and living in a socialist regime.

      March 14, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • massconn72

        I looked up "tea party patriot" in the dictionary, and they gave the definition that it meant "traitor". Hmmmm! Sounds about right.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:32 am |
  31. Logic

    Translation is wrong, he really said they need to make the enemy stew, steal their food and smoke their crack pipes.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply
  32. palintwit

    You know you're a tea party patriot when you own more copies of Sarah Palin's crosshairs poster than you do pairs of socks.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • YoloSwaggings

      Why is your name palintwit and you say this? Are you being serious or are you being IRONIC and ZANY impersonating a right winger???????

      March 14, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
      • palintwit

        I've been using this screen name for a few years. There's another low-life on here who started using my name. It's the same guy who's making fun of blacks. I don't do that.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:59 am |
    • palintwit

      You know you're a palintwit when you blow your whole welfare check on the Blu Ray box set of "Saved by the Bell".

      March 14, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • Bob Baden

        ok, that one is funny.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:19 am |
      • palintwit

        Sorry. I have no idea what that is.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  33. kevin3g

    Crazy as he was, Kim Jong Il was a reasonable pragmatist compared to his son, Un. We had a very similar situation in the US when Shrub took over HIS father's job and we found out how bellicose and irresponsible he was. We are only now recovering from those 8 dark years. At least we limit our incompetent rulers to 8 years at the helm, God help the North Koreans.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • Ratt Mann

      Dennis Rodman needs to leverage some of his influence and set that boy straight.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
      • edwardst35

        Kim is like a black bass.....all mouth and no body.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  34. palintwit

    Obama good, he give me and me family of 12 kids all free stuff. Me no pay a thing and never have to work.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      You know you're a tea party patriot when you vacation in LaCrosse, Kansas and visit The Barb Wire Museum.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • libclubber

        aaaaa... so why do you care where people visit? typicial lib.. always knows better, but can't do a darn thing.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • palintwit

      95% of blacks voted for Obama. Now you tell me who's racist in America.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
      • CHINA

        he's absolutely right

        March 14, 2013 at 10:43 am |
      • WhatsamattaU

        95% of democrats voted for Obama. What's your point? That blacks should have voted for Romney? Seriously? Are you normally this deluded?

        March 14, 2013 at 10:45 am |
      • YoloSwaggings

        Why shouldn't they vote for Romney. What does the left do over the right that benefits minorities? If you really really look at the truth you'll see that the only difference is the left showers minority groups with free stuff and that's not why you should vote for someone.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:46 am |
      • kevin3g

        That's easy, the people who didn't vote for Obama because he's black are the racists. The only possible reason to support an idiot like Romney over Obama is racism.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:50 am |
      • palintwit

        Blacks make up 16% of the US population. Yet they make up 85% of violent crime in the US, 72% of the prison population, have the highest percent of people on welfare and continue to have children more than any other race. That is cold hard facts.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:50 am |
      • YoloSwaggings

        Kevin and what about the 98% of blacks that just supported him because he's half black? They aren't racist of course right? They have a legit reason but when it comes to whites their only reason can be racism right?

        March 14, 2013 at 10:51 am |
      • richard

        That's because they are smarter than you. Obviously.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:53 am |
      • kevin3g

        @Yolo: Blacks have historically voted for White candidates, can the same be said of White voters? Black voters supported Obama for the same reason White voters like me did, he had the best ideas and was overall the smarter candidate qualified to lead the country. Black voters do not and would not support a Black candidate with Tea Party notions. That's not to say ALL white people are lazy stupid racists, just the one's like Romney and his supporters.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:12 am |
      • JESUS

        Don't they also claim that their not racist those 95%

        March 14, 2013 at 11:21 am |
      • palintwit

        Yo kevin, you get your obamaphone yet? Holla at me shawty if you did so we can go get some 40's with my EBT card. Obama is tha SHIZZLE!

        March 14, 2013 at 11:21 am |
      • Bob Baden

        Not accurate. The statement may be that 95% of blacks who voted, voted that way. Your statement is dumb.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • palintwit

        Wow Bob you are sooo smart! Unreal how smart you are. Did you just take a break from your jet propulsion laboratory job at NASA to write this? Better get to work because you are about to be out of work. Obama is cutting that program to fund his growing obamaphone program. Holler at a playa shawty.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • Opposing View

        Palinwit… The fact that is all you can see and understand is that blacks are racist only proves that you're racist. All racists are like that – they're blind to anything else. So it would be a waste of time for anyone to try and make you see a different point of view because you are a racist. And those are the facts…

        March 14, 2013 at 11:45 am |
      • ttlion

        What a lot of people are thinking..........

        March 14, 2013 at 11:57 am |
      • Opposing View

        Palinwit… To further illustrate how ignorant you are, there are only three races on the face of the earth – Hebrew, Gentile and Ethiopian. Those are the only three races God created. Every person on the face of the planet falls into one of those three categories. The Israelis are the only people who fall into the Hebrew category. What you call the white man, includes the french people, the italians, and all people with whitish skin fall into the category of being "Gentile". All people of mixed races and with darkish skin – Africans, Mexicans, Latinos, Taiwanese, etc all fall into the category of being "black" or Ethiopian. In fact, you might be black yourself and not even know it. So get some truth next time before making such outlandish and uninformed statements…

        March 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
      • Brad

        i would whole heartedly aggree that most blacks voted for Obama strictly because he is Black and not because of the Policies he brings to the table. i have heard and read many blacks say as much.take a look at the number of first time voters in the black community that came out to vote these last two elections. "proof in the puddin" i however am not racist. but facts are facts. Obama still sucks though.

        March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • YoloSwaggings

      Yolo 2012!!!

      March 14, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Saboth

      Well, Obama has always been very pro-caveman.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • BREAKDOWN BABYLON

      Hey look everybody! its that fake Palintwit poser again! So full of spite and so anti American. If you don't like this country so much why don't you just leave! Other wise just shut the F$#K up, be greatful for what you have and get a life!

      March 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • One Love

        With all the respect to you brethern, your statement contradicts your name. One Love, One People.

        March 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • nikvig

      You transposed the A and the L in your username. All I see is "plain twit" that's what you are

      March 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  35. Bob Knippel

    What is disturbing about North Korea is not so much it's growing ability to launch a long range nuclear weapon, but the fact that it has a mindset to threaten that or perhaps even try that with the certainty of devastating retaliation. That's suicidal. That kind of fanaticism is dangerous.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
  36. Jcraw

    I lived in S. Korea for 13 years so I know for sure N. Koreans are sadistic enough to do something terrible – it's not IF, it's WHEN. N. Koreans hate Americans. I am so glad that I don't live anywhere near California or Hawaii – easy target.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:19 am | Reply
  37. blah999

    The UN unnazied the world.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  38. nonyabidnes2

    While there are those here who don't remember this. Back in the day, we used vinegar with baking soda to lauch our toy rockets..

    March 14, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
  39. njm

    will kim and his cronies be dancing the gangnam style around the cauldron?

    March 14, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  40. palintwit

    You know you're a tea party patriot when you fondle your assault weapon instead of your girlfriend.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • Pat

      What does that have to do with this story? You do realize how scary this could be if North Korea can follow through on its threats?

      March 14, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
      • no

        Why are you feeding the troll, Pat?

        March 14, 2013 at 10:29 am |
      • Pat

        He looked hungry.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • ashley

      There are alot of white people on welfare and no blacks aren't the highest race bin prison, get your facts straight. when people voted fot Obama they didnt vote because he was black, they voted because they wanted too see a change because all George Bush did was make this country worse whgen he was the president !

      March 14, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • You Know

        Ashley, that party tagline of change may have flown 4 years ago for his first presidency but we've had 4 years of no deficit cuts (he promised they'd be halved), he pushed a health care agenda free of compromise on the american people that will serve to only cripple our economy. The fact is nothing has really changed for the better in 4 years, but all dems want to do is continue to blame bush. When exactly the the shortcomings of obama's presidency become his own? Oh that's right they never have to, under obama the rich get blamed for everything...

        March 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
      • Kris

        AShley you are incorrect. President Obama has continously blamed Bush for our economic problems when prior to Bush we had Clinton for 8 years. Obama has done more spending than any other President we've had, and Obamacare is going to put companies under, and create less jobs, not more. He also has very little understanding of our dire need of a strong military. Cuts should not be made in our defense budgets yet he has cut significantly while we are continuing to give countries like Egypt hundreds of millions of dollars in aid. Do your research about Liberals and Democrats, and spending. We also have more people on disability and food stamps than we have ever had. Obama and his administration enable these people and feel the government should be supporting those who don't work or don't want to. Look at Chicago-that city is in complete ruin to the libtards running that city. Not a Republican in sight. Chicago has the worst schools in the country and the worst gun violence and our good ole president is from Illinois. You are lacking intelligence if you don't think this is a big issue.

        March 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  41. Frem

    It's quite apparent that all these so called sanctions are not working. Talk is cheap; that's why it's used to try and convince rogue leaders to change their direction. It doesn't work. To prove a point, I had a discussion with a co-worker who was convinced negotiations were the safest way to achieve peace. We both agreed to an experiment where we would use negotiations to obtain a goal. No physical action would be allowed. Just prior to lunch I obtained his car keys and asked him to negotiate their return. We talked and talked and I refused to give him his keys back. Lunch time passed and he missed lunch due to the fact that he needed to go out and buy his lunch. I still had his keys. He threatened to report me to our boss (aka, attack) if I didn't comply. His negotiations continued and I continued to ignore him or passify him with promises to comply. End of shift, I went home with his keys. He got home somehow. Ruthless, you bet. We don't talk anymore – we're enemies similar to the relation between NK, SK, Iran etc. No amount of talking convinced me to return his keys. The only way he could have gotten his keys back was to physically take them. That's what needs to happen with NK and Iran – they need to be physically stopped. Period. Turrn that wasteland to glass before they do that to us and SK. All that is accomplished is it buys time for these ruthless dictators to achieve their goals. Nations like Iran and NK could care less about negotiations; they keep pushing forward to gain the momentum needed for military action. When the bombs start to fall, it's too late. Lives are lost and nothing changes. The only thing these maniacs deserve is direct military action against them. Yes, that option also causes loss of life but it's likely to be less than a massive nuclear holocaust. You only achieve what your willing to sacrifice. If a nuclear free world is our goal then we must be willing to sacrifice a small percentage to achieve a larger goal.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • nonyabidnes2

      There is a huge difference between "taking someones keys" and a nuclear attack. With taking ones keys, there is no fallout from a bomb, nor is there colletral damage.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • dudeman

      The keys are B.S. I would have set your car on fire and then renegotiated.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  42. Brad

    Let's get back on topic here, ok people?!?! I'm not so much worried about Lil' Kim can get a nuclear warhead here because i believe he can and I know we can defend such an act with our defense missles. For me, it's what if he launches a half dozen at once? I'm not sure we'll be able to take out all of them in flight. I believe the US/UN are taking the right stance on this issue and first dealing out tougher sanctions and letting the DPRK dig their own grave, because rest assured that if they make a bold enough move the allied forces will react and react swiftly and without unrest until that regime is swept clean. By handling this with ease and allowing them to dig their own grave the allied forces will not be looked down upon by the international community when it comes time to strike back. However, if they now just go in and start a war against the DPRK then all of the world will have a fit about it and say we didn't do enough to try and prevent this from happening. On another note, lets just stop all the racsist nonesense and move on.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply
    • Time Bandit

      If NK strikes, it will be against SK. NK knows better then to cut off it's noe to spite it's face, NK has been a thorn in the side of the world for decades. If they did strike, they would be on the loosing end because China would sit back and do nothing. China knows all too well who butters their bread, if they did get involved...the world would most likely put sanctions against them as well.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • One Love

        I love how you state "the world"... You make it seem as if the entire world is against China and NK. Lets not forget that its "the world" that you are refferring to that depends on China, not China on it. I read an article that China is dramatically increasing its influence in the African continent, and they are doing this with mutual benefit to both nations, thus creating strong ties. We can hope that China does not support them, however, if they do, it means hell for the world militarily and financially.
        Guys we can all type whatever it is that we want, however, lets not forget the influence and importance of other big nations. MADE IN CHINA appears almost even under YOUR hairline, who would replace them as a supplier?

        March 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  43. Asa34

    What if It's not Uranium but instead they have figured out Nuclear Fusion and are just using there other radioactive materials to make dirty bombs. This is very unlikely but the last one has me concerned.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
  44. CHINA

    if North Korea attempts to launch a missile at the United States, and the U.S. fires one back at North Korea.... what does China do. How are people not more upset about China's tolerance towards North Korea? The way i see it, We have two dragons to sleigh, and both are becoming more powerful by the minute.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      Keep shopping at Walmart.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
      • CHINA

        keep being nothing

        March 14, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Brad

      China will not back the DPRK in this situation. It has too much invested in the international community, so for them to stand behind Lil' Kim right now (at least on this issue) would do China more harm than good. they've signed the UN sanctions so they are prepared back up the UN in this situation.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
      • Owl96

        I would think that China benifits from having a buffer zone (North Korea) bewteen them and a U.S. back South Korea. I am not so sure they would give that up.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • POR

      Yep.....you're stupid.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
      • Brad

        who are you calling stupid? either way not very grown up,

        March 14, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Santa

      I want dragons on my sleigh! Up until now I've just been using reindeer.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
  45. alan

    feinstein is an idiot.i think she gets her intelligence from Sheila jackson lee

    March 14, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
  46. drones rule

    This can be solved with a diplomatic agreement that excludes N. Korea. All countries agree to let China walk into N. Korea and take over its territory in exchange for peace with S. Korea. China will get the brunt of nuclear fallout if N. Korea uses a nuke as immediate and severe nuclear retaliation would occur without an agreement for China to proceed with ground forces.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • Stan

      China doesn't want a border with U.S. ally South Korea. That is the major reason they prop up North Korea as a big buffer zone.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • zhuang

      China would not do this even if offered. They like having N. Korea there as a buffer. If they have a capitalist nation on their boarders China is worried this would cause issue and dissent in China. Now I have to add this will occur even if North Korea is still there. The Chinese are getting wealthier and another 20-40 yrs at most before China's communicst party is in real trouble.

      March 14, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  47. Presi Dentnixon

    Chuck Norris will sneak in and grab any launching missile with his fingers and make it fly into Pyongyang.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • pjs

      99.9 % of the worlds problems could be solved by asking one question. What would Chuck do?

      March 14, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
  48. Lena

    Hire Huck to take doughboy out!!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
  49. beevee

    I hope that the Chinese governemnt is not behind the bellicosity of this north korean buffoon. Are they playing on both sides of this game? The buffoon instead of sohouting the war cries should be focusing on feeding the poor people in his country and try to uplift the nation to economic prosperity. Looks like another idiot.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
  50. Bangash

    Why no body ask the already nuclear states to close their nuclear projects and remove this deadly weapons from their stockpiles before they ask North Korea to stop prolifiration.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • karsan2

      Because of the finatics who will always seek such a weapon themselves. It is called a detterent! Why do people stockpile simple handguns and other weapons???? Same answer...IKR!

      March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
      • Agnim

        So could we say that the Koreans are ALSO creating their own nuclear deterrent against a foreign military occupying THEIR peninsula?
        It is amazing that no one wants to recognize that it is the foreign occupation of the Korean Peninsula that IS responsible for the peacelessness on the Korean Peninsula.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • dreamisover

      Let me toss you a clue, Dear Leader: No country of any worth is even remotely interested in using nuclear weapons to conquer NK. That would be like killing a spider with a shotgun so you could take over the cobweb. Nobody gives a rats ass about Pyongyang, its a prop in the middle of a dump. Look at a sattelite photograph of the Korean pennisula taken after dark...you tell me who has more to lose (and more to defend).

      March 14, 2013 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • cj

      Just 9 nations have nuclear weapons, ever time you add one their close political rivals feel pressured to join the 'race'. Pakistan and India would be one of the best examples of this.

      So maybe you think we should just let every nation have them as a deterrent...think of what could have happened in Egypt if they had them or Syria. How will China react is North Korea demonstrates a viable ICBM and nuke then South Korea announces they either want a nuke from the US or they will develop their own?

      The genie cant go back in the bottle unless/till human civilization evolves past national, racial and religious segregation but allowing proliferation will only lessen our chance of surviving long enough to do that.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
  51. Robert

    Insanity must run in the family

    March 14, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • mariska

      I personally only see then capable of getting dressed. Everything else is a reach.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • Aaron

      Insanity is letting them shell SK islands and sink SK ship then only responding with words.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
  52. spockmckoy

    I suggest a 7mm parked in the fat boys forehead + one in the expectant wife so we don't have a 3rd gen of nut jobs to deal with. cheap and permanent. the next 'leader' can learn from that example.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • Earl

      Kim Un is a puppet on a string, and you want a pregnant woman to be killed as part of the answer?

      March 14, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
  53. A Linoge

    Un . . . I laugh at thee.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
  54. fastball

    This idiot is in China's back yard.
    For ONCE...let someone else handle the world's nutjobs. We've done our bit, and maybe it's time for someone else to do the heavy lifting.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
  55. charles bowen

    Nasty Chubby Little Bugger is'nt he....Apple did'nt fall far from the tree.....Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    March 14, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • noly

      The apostrpohe replaces the missing letter. Isn't – replaces the 'O' in not.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
      • cc

        noly, stfu

        March 14, 2013 at 10:08 am |
  56. larry

    I never took to being threatened very well.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  57. Bill Gannon

    Are those Craiger wheels on the artillery piece in the photo above ?

    March 14, 2013 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • Mister White

      They do look expensive.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
  58. DL

    I suppose if after the American Civil war, the US was divided with a North & South – and the: pick any (Chinese, French, Germans) had large military bases in the South, the North would probably be a bit ticked off

    March 14, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • ogolui

      Both sides of the US civil war were governed by educated men, not punks with a high school education.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
      • bozo

        Of course because it only takes a high school diploma to build a nuclear weapon.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:07 am |
      • Brad

        My friend, Kim Jung Un studied in the West and has a college education.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:44 am |
      • H.G. Wells

        He was selected by birth not education, popularity, or reasoning ability.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  59. hecep

    "...break their waists and crack their windpipes." That all sounds so... specific. He might as well have added "irritate their colons, and lacerate their litle toes.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • callmecrazy

      Those comments make me wonder if it is the right interpretation. Break their waists and crack their windpipes? Who says that? Maybe they meant "eat their waste and smoke their crackpipe"?

      March 14, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
      • hecep

        LOL!!!

        March 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Saboth

      "Break their waist". Umm....does he mean hip? Maybe in his country, people break each other's waists because they all have 24 inch waists and weigh 88 lbs, but you aren't going to be breaking Americans' waists.

      March 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • hecep

        Yet again, LOL!!!

        March 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
  60. Dallas

    The Chinese Missile launchers in the last parade could mean they already have intercontinental missiles "minus the warheads." They may have came with the launchers. The United States did that with South Korea in 1978 . For example the Honest John rocket was the first Tactical Nuclear weapon system deployed by the United States in 1958 . The weapon system was deployed to South Korea in 1958 and turned over to the ROK Army minus the nuclear warheads in 1978. Who's to say?

    March 14, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  61. tv22

    Time to send Dennis Rodman back. At least none of the North Koreans can reach as high as his windpipe.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • joesrunoff2FL

      Simply awesome

      March 14, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  62. obamaphone

    95% of blacks voted for Obama. That's all the african americans that have 12 kids, on welfare, been to prison, havent had a job in over 5 years, have free healthcare and an EBT card they can buy booze with. All thanks to Obama. Why dont we send that 95% to NK and have the blacks actually do some work for once in this country. Obama and the blacks are pathedic in this country!

    March 14, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Kerwyn

      Amazingly racist rant. That aside, what does that have to do with North Korea.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
      • Brad

        It has nothing to do with anything about this subject. what a loon.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Peacemaker

      Maybe we should just send Rodman over there with his new best friend? We all know Obama is too much of a coward to face anyone.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
      • hecep

        1. Still smarting from the November's embarassing thrashing, I see.
        2. Speak for yourself, Clem.
        3. Once again, I am so happy being me, and not someone like you.

        March 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • ron

      this sound like a white male that is unemployed or at least a white sepremacist. Since you have all this hate built up, why don't you join the military and go over and guard the neutral zone. Don't blame the president because you don;t have a job. If your that upset about this country, then leave. No one is holding you here like North Korea or Cuba. Leave! Move! Make this country a little better without your A_S here.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:51 am | Reply
      • Obozo

        Blacks make up 16% of the US population. Yet blacks commit 85% of violent crimes in the US, make up 72% of the prison population, have the highest rate of unemployment, highest rate on welfare, have the most children of any race in the US, we all know they complain more than any race on the planet... so you tell me what good this race does in the US besides leach off tax money and commit crime, homie.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:57 am |
      • Earl

        Hey Obozo, I bet you're an elderly white man, who would never have the balls to spew any of that hateful bulls*!t to a black person or any other minority, who I will wager you hate equally. No instead just post it here, on a news story about North Korea. Hmmmmm

        March 14, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • bebop

      The most consistent thing about the internet is when anonymous, a fool will reveal him/herself every time. This story is about potential nuclear capability of North Korea, and this clown is talking about black folks who voted for President Obama. This idiot isn't even fair and balanced...he doesn't mention anything about those who voted for "Dubya"...oh wait...that's right...despite the legacy he left behind...a "pathetic" one at that...he's the greatest president of all time...right?

      March 14, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
      • Bluto

        Wow, did I just walk into the middle of a klan rally?

        March 14, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • Truth

      I'm a black father of 2, employed and never been on welfare or received or heard of a free phone in my life. Please enlighten me and reveal your're source for your're data. You sound like a Faux News Moron, that continues to spew untruths for the sake of spreading hate.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
      • bozo

        Sounds like Nazi rhetoric. Next you'll be saying send them to the gas chambers. Racism in the United States sickens me.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:19 am |
      • WouldYouLookAtThat

        Not that i necessarily agree with his hateful approach in his rant, but the stats regarding prison population, violent crime, and welfare rate ae widely published figures and he is correct, unfortunately.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:34 am |
      • Truth

        @wouldyoulookatthat, it's true if you repeat something overhand over people will believe it. The only statistic that was correct was population so you do the math...

        March 14, 2013 at 10:14 am |
      • Chris

        Those stats might be somewhat true but I know black people servings as army rangers in the military. They give all the sacrifice in the world.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Incrediboy

      Obamaphone: your right wing nut mentality is obvious. :You're not even an American .......native american. Just some bozo with European ancestry..........that's all.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:20 am | Reply
      • Mister White

        Obamaphone doesn't know the free phones started under Bush.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • Michael A.

      You sir, are a pinhead.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • Chris

        lol

        March 14, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • karsan2

      LOL...a troll! A racist troll at that! Stereotyping is so funny! And you voted for whom? You want to gain a majority with that thinking with ________(place candidates name here)??? LMAO. I encourage you to go to your closest urban center and spout your views aloud! Hear, Hear I say!

      March 14, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
      • Welfare from Obama

        Ya, when blacks have an issue, they blast it for everyone to hear, rant about it and demand attention and some kind of compensation. When a white person simply states facts, such as welfare, prison population, crime, by race... he's a racist to the extreme. Sad.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:59 am |
      • 95%

        Racist? 95% of blacks voted for Obama... Ninety Five Percent. Now you tell me who's racist.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:07 am |
      • hecep

        Hey, 95%. Give that 95% their due. That many were smart enough to vote for the right man for the job.

        March 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Chris

      You're obviously uneducated obamaphone. I'm white and not a supporter of Obama, however this should be for educated responses. Not rants just because you don't like black people. How about you go to college, become a politician and do something about the "problem". That there is probably too much WORK for you though.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • black historian

      Blacks, doing work? Go back and read the hisory books, you ignorant racist!!! Btw, while you're receiving help on how to read, you may want to learn how to correctly spell "pathedic.."

      March 14, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Saboth

      "been to prison". Strangely enough, felons can't vote.

      March 14, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
  63. markony

    for many years now china has been using north korea as a distraction so the world does not pay attention to its own military buildup and plans to take over tiawan. Wake up people.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • The Realist

      Nailed it!

      March 14, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • Brad

      oh come now, if we know this is going on then so does everyone else. China is not going to invade Taiwan, just isn't going to happen.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  64. Yuri

    I think when it come to military hardware , this is the way it should be. If these tests where conducted here in the states, all the rogue nations needed to do was to watch CNN or the history channel.
    All the details of the tests would be broadcasted live for the world to see.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
  65. ChimChim

    This guy is a raging nut job. We should assassinate him while we have the chance.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      No, Sir...we cannot assassinate him. Well, the only way we could accomplish that is by using a drone. But if we did so and Dennis Rodman was to get hit in the crossfire, Rant Paul would call for the impeachment of our President. See, we must have "due process" before we can go after Jung-Fat.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • warsteiner

      I agree all the way,Waste this dude quickly and be done with this whole bit of nonsense. Put in a south Korean and start rebuilding the country as a whole. China will not back them if they keep up the nonsense

      March 14, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
      • Dallas

        Then I guess that's why those Chinese Intercontinental ballistic missile launchers were in the last parade? Its safe to say the Chinese have no intention of letting the north fall.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • Danram

      Bill Clinton was ready to send in the US military 20 years ago to take out North Korea's regime, but at the last minute Jimmy Carter inserted himself into the "peace process" and cut a deal which would supposedly prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons.

      Well, here we are, 20 years later, and North Korea has nuclear weapons and is more dangerous than ever.

      Thanks a lot, Jimmy.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
      • Dallas

        The UN Command and the United States both violated the armistice agreement in 1958 when we deployed 4 different nuclear weapons systems to the south Korean DMZ. Why? As a Chinese/NK invasion deterrent. I'm sure that we created that race of paranoid hermit people. And now it seems to be payback time.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:59 am |
      • dreamisover

        Whaaaat? I must have missed that one 20 years ago...Bill Clinton was never ready to invade anyone, let alone NK.
        He wouldn't even commit troops to Kosovo until the shooting had stopped and his administration let the genocide in Rwanda go on unabated for years, despite pleas from evryone in the West to put an end to it. Of course, France didn't do anything about Rwanda either.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  66. whatthehellamerica

    Well if they make a threat, we dont negotiate with terrorists, we just need to wipe north korea off the map. Nobody likes them and their being lead by a young psycopath.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • Earl

      Once again, dude, let's be fair, ok? Innocent North Koreans have done nothing to you, so no need to suggest things like that. It needs heavy investigation, and communication, to truly resolve, not only this problem, but similar problems, with other countries. By saying "Nobody likes them, let's wipe them out", don't you think you sound exactly like a psycho dictator?

      March 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  67. Britta

    Not worth worrying about. This is just a spoiled brat trying to act all tough. It's posturing, he knows if he lashes out he'll be punished.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
  68. Patines

    Why isn't D.R. helping the US, he is best friend of that lunatic.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
  69. Johnny 5

    Looks like we'll be going to war with Korea. Again...

    March 14, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • bobo

      The USA in 2016???? Over 20 Trillion in Debt, Constant unemployment of 7 & 8%, Return of a Russian Empire, NY blown off the map by an Iranian/N. Korean nuclear weapon, WWIII....... It’s Evening in America. Thank You Mr. Obama!

      March 14, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
      • Evan

        You are ludicrous.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:35 am |
      • bobobo

        The USA in 2018???? Over 293857 Trillion butcoins in Debt, Constant unemployment of 132% Return of a Klingon Empire, Mississippi blown off the map by an Brazilian/N. Ireland chemical weapon, WWZ....... It’s Mid-to-late afternoon in America. Thank You Mr. Ed!

        March 14, 2013 at 8:41 am |
      • A-Rod

        2012 in America – Honey Boo Boo. It's over and we lost.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:47 am |
      • Earl

        Bobobo man, oh man, I needed a friggin laugh like that. Thank you very much sir!

        March 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
  70. Beavis

    who cares

    March 14, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
  71. DDSilks

    If they dare to strike, or even make an attempt to strike, the U.S., don't give them a second chance. Blow them off the map.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • Eeirail

      It is stuff like this that would cause a global issue, people need to handle this with intelect, not brute force.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
      • Todd in DC

        But brute force (usually) makes for a better movie, Red Dawn not withstanding.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  72. mcwreiole

    Dianne Feinstein is Chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee? Isn't that a dichotomy?

    March 14, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Mister White

      Uh... no.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • jj

      Good for Dianne

      March 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      Perhaps you should look up the big words before attempting to use them in any meaningful way.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  73. SPINJ

    He reminds me of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers. lol. I think that as soon as Kim Jong Un even attempts to send anything our way, North Korea will be a gapping hole in the earth, or at least wherever he rests his small brain. He just seems like the bigger is better type...big gun go boom boom ha ha ha...pea brain.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  74. Clarke

    Many think he is all talk and no action, but I would never trust this little man. He is not dealing with a full deck, which makes him very dangerous.. He has ego and control issues and is looking to be a big man in his minds eye, which makes him even more dangerous.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      Are you talking about kim jong or george bush ?

      March 14, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • MrJody

        Wow, that joke isn't getting old or anything. Lame. Time to move on mate.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • alloutnole

      He's not going to do anything. All this big bad talk is for his own party officials and to show his country that he is willing to standup and defy the US. His father and grandfather used the exact same tactics and never once did they act on their words. I personally was stationed in South Korea along the DMZ in 1992 when Kim Jong Il said he was going to invade the South and bury his father in Seoul. That was over 20 years ago and I'm sure his dad is still buried in North Korea. It's all a dog and pony show hyped-up by the media so that we'll offer concessions for them to act appropriately. The problem is this whole act has played itself out too many times and I don't think the US or it's allies are willing to be pulled into this crap again. If we had the right administration and leaders we would have already smacked this little son-of-a-kimchi-eater's rear and sent him crying to China.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • Mister White

        Damn media, angling for concessions. I had a feeling that's what's been going on.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  75. Pat

    We will not need to turn a country into glass and kill millions of inocent people. They (N. Korea) know the power that we have and the elietes don't want to die. People, just calm down, do not play into the emotional thing. We can survive a N. Korea strike (if they really have one) but they can not survive a responce.

    Please, just chill they are not a real threat...

    March 14, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      I wonder if you'd still say that if it was one of your loved ones killed in the event of an attack.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
      • Tom

        So your response for any minute threat is to wipe them off the face of the world? There are new antibiotic-resistant TB strains from Russian prisons. Let's blow them away. A dissident group from Mali gave us the middle finger. SEND OUT NUKES NOW.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • Judas86

      So are you advocating turning the other cheek if they attack? How would that look to the rest of our enemies?

      March 14, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
      • MarkinFL

        "We will not need to turn a country into glass and kill millions of inocent people."

        I think the OP was quite clear what he thinks would happen if they attack. He just does not believe that they will, thus it will not need to happen.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:24 am |
  76. jon wyatt

    Hummm sounds like "small wee-wee" syndrome to me....Yes definitely small wee-wee !!

    March 14, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
    • jeff

      idiot

      March 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  77. fiftyfive55

    After the oil war debaucle in the mideast(Bush's war),how can we trust what they are now telling us about N.Korea ?
    Is this just another ploy by the war machine/profiteers to restore spending cuts to the military?or the big profits the arms manufacturers reap through war ? First they tell us it was a nuke test and NOW they aren't sure if nuke fuel was used ?
    What's wrong with this picture ?

    March 14, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
    • Someone

      They used nuke fuel – they are not sure if it was enriched uranium or a plutoium bomb. Plutonium is easier to make than enriched uranium, although getting it separated is a nightmare. To understand the differnce – Little Boy was an enriched uranium bomb and was technically easier to set off (the one they dropped on Hiroshima was the first time they set one off), whereas Fat Man was a plutoium bomb (this was the one in the Trinity test). To trigger a plutonium bomb, you have to explosively squeeze it together – the timing on this HAS to be spot on get maxiumum yield. The enriched uranium bomb simply requires you slam two sub critical pieces of enriched uranium together – piece of cake, they used an old navy cannon for the Little boy bomb.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • croco3

      I'm with you there! But:
      * Economics 101, if there's no demand for your product, you are out of business! Our 2 wars are coming to an end, Libya's no longer hot, we refused to get in Syria, it's quiet in Chechenya, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan and Kashmir, I mean, business is BAD for the arms industry. I think we're overdue for world war 3, don't you! If nothing else, just so those armored cars don't have to go rusty in warehouses, while the rest of the world is hugging and "negotiating"!

      * Rich man's war, poor man's blood, as they say! The people who advocate military action, don't send their own sons and daughters to die! They send suckers who're whipped into a patriotic frenzy! You come back with fewer limbs, PTSD and a lousy pension, and there, everybody wins!

      The politics of PyongYang and the sanctions imposed on them are like the chicken and egg conundrum; you wonder which ones is a result of which!
      If the big boys in the West would stop bullying everyone, maybe fewer boys like Jong Un would feel the need to trash talk! But then again, that's oversimplifying it!

      March 14, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • Dennis

      It is only a question of "Which" nuclear fuel was used that they can't determine at this late date. Uranium bombs (specifically U-235) needs far more advanced enrichment processes than Plutonium based atomic weapons. The detection of which element the bomb is based is compounded by the time since and its underground nature.
      Please read articles carefully before ranting bombastically.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply
  78. jonathan

    If North Korea was ever stupid enough to try and start a nuclear attack, the US alone would turn their entire country into a self lighted glass floored parking lot.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • SPINJ

      LMBO...yes sir!

      March 14, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
  79. T

    ....Come on people.......NK is simply not a threat in REALITY. One poster got it right, Kim simply wants to survive and continue the militarization of NK. The military leadership is the REAL POWER in NK. They absolutely know they would be CRUSHED by US nuclear weapons if they did anything at all. Therefore, they will keep their very poor country on full alert, forever, to insure the starving populace does what the military says.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:37 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      And how is it you know what Kim and the other leaders of this isolated state think?

      March 14, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
      • croco3

        Everyone seems to know what North Korea is thinking!
        That's why we are talking about it!

        March 14, 2013 at 8:18 am |
  80. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    If NK was to follow through on their pre-emptive strike, the GOPT would have a big dilemma...should we get on board and support President Obama and help defend our country or should we call for the President to be impeached for retaliating against NK??? Yes, Jung-un has a friend in the GOPT.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
  81. Pat

    There will not be a real war, a war of words yes but not a real war. The more that we comment and engage in this the more the war of words will continue. N. Korea and it's people are hurting, their leader is too young and inexperienced to be taken seriously. Don't take this stuff too seriously, really. Real strength does not react to these types of empty threats. The US is a real superpower, do not engage in this level of baiting. One US submarine equipped with a Trident 11 D, 5 systems can handle the situation.

    Go to bed and get some rest, all is well.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Alex

      Except there already is a real war, that was started in 1950 by North Korea. The only reason bullets haven\t been crossing the DMZ in both directions is because of a truce.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • Someone

      Except we don't know who is pulling the strings over there – Un or teh military. The announcement tey were abandoning teh cease fire came from the military, not Un – see GlobalSecurity website – I am not sure if this is usual or not. But if it is new, then I suspect a bunch of hawks are running teh show over there and it isn't good.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      Underestimating your enemy is one of the biggest mistakes one can make and often the last.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:12 am | Reply
  82. upstateny

    Such cruel and insensitve people...and there are thousands more like him. They think they are bullies...meanwhile the US and other countries are tired of their antics and look at them for the fools that they are.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:19 am | Reply
  83. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I just hope he follows through on his pre-emptive strike. He would just be setting in motion the reunification process. Go ahead and launch. Even Dennis Rodman's triangle and one offense won't help you.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:13 am | Reply
  84. drew

    All bark..little bite..even so it would be messy, especially for SK. Looking foward if a nuclear conflict does crop up and we destroy NK then we have Iraq looking at a major ally going up in smoke and worrying if they are next..The domino theory starts to unfold. I personally don't believe the pudgy one from NK will go that far. Basic instinct is to survive and he knows he will not.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:43 am | Reply
  85. Mariner II

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Kimey is as nutty as the old man, probably even nuttier because the old man probably beat him on a regular basis to get him ready for the job.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:41 am | Reply
  86. jackyboy

    stop talking about war and start living in peace with eachother!

    March 14, 2013 at 6:39 am | Reply
    • Patriot

      So you really don't care if theres a crazy country with nuclear weapons aiming them at cities like Tokyo, Soeul, and Los Angeles? I don't agree with calls for peace. its time North Korea should be taught a lesson. The problem is that Obummer is all talk but no balls.

      March 14, 2013 at 7:04 am | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        You said our President is all talk and no balls??? Really??? So where were you on the night Americans waved Ole Glory, sang patriotic songs and chanted Obama got Osama, Obama got Osama, Obama got Osama??? Under a rock???

        And where were you when Obama got Ghadaffi, Awalaki and over 300 al Qaeda operatives??? Perhaps you and Rant Paul were asleep in a drone.

        March 14, 2013 at 7:20 am |
      • Robert

        Perhaps you would prefer someone who is all balls and no brains, like George W. You, know, the guy who went to war looking for WMD on the opposite side of the planet from where we knew they were?

        March 14, 2013 at 7:34 am |
      • Bleh64

        Ah here we go, another worshiper of King Odumba trying to give him credit for something he didn't do. Ghadaffi wasn't taken down by The King Fool, he was killed by rebels. Also, Obama says that Osama is dead, where's the proof? Sorry, but the dumping of the body at sea just doesn't sit well with a lot of people. Keep kissing his rear end. Oh, you'll probably be one of the protesters in D.C. soon since one of the deep cuts your King signed into law is welfare, so get those wheels unchocked, i'm sure you'll be moving soon!!

        March 14, 2013 at 7:36 am |
      • Bobo

        First off Osama was a week broken old man, no longer a threat, thank not to Obama. Ghadafi was a sitting duck, outside by his own people. Obamas attack on him was a petty war crime to gain support of the regime.

        March 14, 2013 at 7:38 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        @Bleh64 and Bobo

        Thanks for the laugh. Don't forget to take your medication.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:03 am |
      • NiceTryMaryJane

        I remember a time when Americans stood together.

        Now almost everyone politicizes everything as LEFT or RIGHT. Doesn't the individual mind matter anymore?

        Disband Political parties – make people voter using informed choices and demand politicians govern with personal conviction, not party mandates.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:41 am |
      • anon

        you lost now come out of the basement and give the picture of romney a break....

        March 14, 2013 at 9:37 am |
      • WhatsamattaU

        So, what do you want to do? Do you know how to deal with this little turd? Make your selection from the list below.
        1. Nuke 'em all
        2. Nuke their nuke sites
        3. Bomb them back into the stone age
        4. Land invasion
        5. All of the above
        6. Ignore the little twit, he's like a yapping dog, he'll get tired and go off someplace to lick his, well, you know what I mean.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  87. Mariner II

    That was a misquote. What Kim Jung Un said to "Break their windpipes and make sure you do it with chopsticks, just so they can see how cold blooded I am." Then he said, "Ha, ha ha ha ha ha, you likey mikey, you pay the pricey"...........whatever that means. The guy's a clown.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
  88. Realityblowz

    We always need a boogeyman. Why not Kim? I do find it amusing when Kim shows up for his photo ops with his troops. The equipment is antiquated beyond belief. Old concrete bunker gun emplacements. Old dial telephones. Trench warfare? Honestly..??!! Trench warfare? A couple of cruise missles with AP CBU's (Cluster Bombs) would reduce them all to hamburger, and the trenches would be gutters for their blood. Please step up your game Kim. And those political posters that your produce look as if they were printed in 1935. Geez! Make it look believable.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply
  89. mccainin4

    At some point China is going to wake up and see that South Korea would be a better partner than NK and a unified Korea is in their best interest.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:20 am | Reply
    • Alvin Cavanaugh

      Amen to that, but do you really think that they are going to wake up and smell the coffee??

      March 14, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
  90. Harley

    Kick their asses NOW

    March 14, 2013 at 6:06 am | Reply
  91. robert

    It keeps being stated by the media that NK does not have the ability to strike the US with an ICBM. First, there are what, 28k troops in South Korea. That would be significant. Second, it is known that NK has subs. We have subs that are capable of launching nuclear warheads. Curious if they do too.
    There has been so much talk of dismissing NK in the media and claiming that he'll do nothing recently, he may almost feel like he has to strike to save face and not come off as impotent.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:04 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      If our Trident Subs can track Russian subs fron a 1000 miles away, we can track a NK sub from a million miles away and blast it out of the water with a BB gun. We can even send our Girl Scouts over there to slap Jung-Fat.

      March 14, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
      • trumpcard

        Have you ever been in the military, or are you sitting in your arm chair talking out of your "A"?

        March 14, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  92. ShingoEX

    And to think, if they had oil, we would be invading the living crap out of them right now

    March 14, 2013 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • Tim Rigney

      We didn't invade Iraq or any other country for its oil. Look into the actual details of what *actually* happened. Not what you *think* happened; not what you *want* to be the case; but what *actually* happened.

      March 14, 2013 at 5:48 am | Reply
      • kuwaitoil

        iraq invaded kuwait for the oil in 1990 and US interfered only because it was close to saudi arabia oil. yes it was oil why US is there. these guys accept USD for oil.

        March 14, 2013 at 6:53 am |
      • kuwaitoil

        it was always about the oil. many countries are invaded and US don't care, kuwait is a small city state and not even a country politically it's not important but the kuwait oil was important.

        March 14, 2013 at 6:55 am |
      • James

        We certainly didn't invade them because of their "weapons of mass destruction" program. We can argue all day about whether to call the deliberately misleading statements by George Bush and his administration "lies", but there is no doubt that they had good evidence those weapons didn't exist. Oil – or at least the hope that we would obtain control over some of it – almost certainly played a part. It's not what I "hope" happened, or "wanted" to happen. It's what we did.

        March 14, 2013 at 7:07 am |
      • DaveinDallas

        The Pulitzer Prize for gratuitous use of "quotes" for March "2013" goes to, ... let me get this "envelope" open, ... "damn" it's not opening "easily", ... ah "yes" there it goes ... "Tim" Rigney! Congratulations Tim "!"

        March 14, 2013 at 8:04 am |
      • Tim Rigney

        That's fair enough on the surface but it was 21 years ago. The world's moved on after a fifth of a century and 3 Presidents. In my opinion, the second war was about Saddam's continued refusal to obey the *10* U.N. resolutions he had agreed to obey in order to end the first part of the war. After the attacks, we no longer had the luxury of allowing him to do that, especially since to all appearances he was a Hitler-type expansionist dictator. We *had* to make an attempt to stabilize that part of the world, for the sake of the *entire* world. Whether or not it was a "failed" attempt, or "went well," imo is not relevant to whether it was strategically the right thing or not.
        Don't forget that most Democrats in Congress were in FAVOR of it. (Look it up, like it or not it's true.) Clinton himself, in his courtesy letter to Bush before leaving office, said to him, "The key to stability in the Middle East is regime change in Iraq." That was *before* the situation completely, radically changed because of the attacks. It lowered the threshold of allowable tolerance. In my opinion we had NO choice.

        March 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • mccainin4

      Strange thought. Afghanistan has oil? Libya has low sulphur oil reserves? Bosnia? Korea? Vietnam? Kuwait had boatloads yet we restored that country's leadership six months after the first bullet and days after extinguishing the last oil well fire. Call me craaaazy, but I think there's a different principle involved.

      March 14, 2013 at 6:15 am | Reply
      • kuwaitoil

        it was 1990 and still memories of OPEC oil embargo. if saudi arabia only US ally in the US,,they didn't want the saudi kingdom to fall.

        March 14, 2013 at 6:58 am |
    • warforoil

      Saddam kuwait for the oil and he admitted it. kuwait is iraq territory. there is no such country as kuwait. As why the US has such interest in middleeast it is 40% of global 'cheap' oil and takes USD as payment. US didn't want hostile states not friendly to US to control oil and reduce supply like the OPEC embargo of the 70's causing massive inflation and recession in the 70's. you don't need to invade another country to get their resources.

      March 14, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
    • warforoil

      Oil wasn't discovered in saudi arabia til the after 1945..Had the British saudi tribes or saudi desert kingdom which were nomads in the desert sitting on black gold they would have left. and kept saudi arabia as a colony or protective state to control the oil supply. Iran kicked out all foreign oil control companies which is why US is so anti-iran. iran nationalized their oil industry.

      March 14, 2013 at 6:48 am | Reply
    • kuwait

      US wouldn't care or had the kuwait war in 1990 if kuwait was important oil exporter. many countries are invaded you don't see US troops interfering, it's because it's oil territory supply 40% of global oil supply in the 90's the cheap oil so it can crash oil prices or jack up oil prices by reducing supply.

      March 14, 2013 at 6:51 am | Reply
    • DianD

      AMEN.

      March 14, 2013 at 7:33 am | Reply
    • Mr. Know-It-All

      So the United States shouldn't protect their interests? As I recall, buying oil from Kuwait is a legitimate business transaction. Protecting your business partners from blood-thirsty thieves also means protecting yourselves.

      However, the second Iraq war wasn't about taking over Iraq's oil supply (never happened), nor was it about protecting nearby oil supplies as the UN troops were already doing a fine enough job.

      Oh, and btw...

      The US is set to become the global oil exporter within 7 years. OPEC will be answering to us. Gotta love it.

      March 14, 2013 at 7:44 am | Reply
  93. ecobgreen

    I would take them at their word. The sanctions are hurting the regime – and as is the case with dictators – they do not like the loss of power. China is, maybe for the first time, warning North Korea that they are treading on thin ice, but it does not look like Kim is listening. Now that they have walked away from their responsibilities and obligations, we should prepare for the worst. The world community faces a serious threat. My suggestion is probably radical, but I think a large squadron of drones that target the leadership might be needed – sorry to say. South Korea should get ready to fight. If the Asian countries let Kim know that they will not be protecting the North Korean regime – Kim may decide that all these threats he is making isolates him further – and figure diplomacy the best option. I do not hold out much hope though.

    March 14, 2013 at 5:21 am | Reply
    • jon

      I agree with you. I don't like seeing the US abuse their power, but I'm sick of this game with them. Give NK a taste of what would be to come and maybe they will smarten up.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Mycenia

      North Korea sees China as an exasperated, but supportive parent... They are going to be very, very surprised when China finally gets tired of all this and smacks them down. I take issue with much of China's policy, but they have been trying to become an active partner in the international community. The last thing they want is some spoiled, portly child dragging them into a war.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  94. Kona

    Sometimes I think they make these outrageous statements not just for their own internal propaganda, but also for their own amusement. They probably get a kick out of making the world squirm a little bit every time they release one of these statements. I wonder if the leadership has a contest to see which general can provide Kim with the best statement. The winner gets to spend the evening watching re-runs of "Two and a half Men" with Kim.

    March 14, 2013 at 4:33 am | Reply
  95. soldiersgetpaid

    you don't see any volunteer US soldiers or military contractors offering to work free. now if the US gov't is broke it cannot fight a war.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:43 am | Reply
    • Tim Rigney

      But we're not broke; we're merely heavily in debt. Donald Trump once had a net worth of negative nine billion dollars and he was still one of the richest people in the country. It's all about perception. And the Pentagon budget is separate and quite secure.

      March 14, 2013 at 4:27 am | Reply
  96. iraq

    saddam hussien in iraq surrendered and didn't have any resistance. that is the difference and all soldiers mutiny and weren't paid.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:41 am | Reply
  97. middlefinger

    you fools don't know that one of bloodest wars world war 1 started with middle finger and disrespect. All wars start with a ultimatum when there is no alternative bu war to settle grievances. And contrary to popular, there was no appeasement by Chamberlain when he visited Hitler after Germany was fully militarized and prepared for war. Prior to that the Geman state was military state and deeply in debt. War was for their way out. so economic sanctions against north korea or any state is asking for war and more reason for them build up their arm forces and bombs for total war and defense of their regime or country. it's kind of crazy to threaten economic sanctions and threaten of invading north korea or any country and tell them not to build nukes to defend themself against 'foreign' aggressor or invader.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • Howard

      The only hope is controlling Pyongyang is in Beijing. So ... I propose the President channel his inner John Kennedy and announce the "Obama Doctrine," ...

      "The United States shall regard any attack by North Korea anywhere in the world using nuclear weapons as an attack by the Peoples Republic of China upon the United States, requiring a full retaliatory nuclear response upon the Peoples Republic of China."

      It's time to let the Chinese know that Kim's their little Frankensteinian monster and we expect them to keep him in check ... or else.

      March 14, 2013 at 3:58 am | Reply
      • Tim Rigney

        Yeah, let's go pick a fight with China because their smaller, younger brother is picking on us.
        "I'M TELL-liiinnngg!!!!!"

        March 14, 2013 at 4:24 am |
    • sher63

      yeah! Midlefingers will get you into alot of of (local wars on the Homeland) gang releated! My Dad serverved in Korean War,, wasn"t sondidered a war so he never got reconized. that said I am still on my dad side & if KIm wants to (puff his chsst) he can have at it,,,but S.Korea I will expect my USA to Defrend! no matter what

      March 14, 2013 at 4:04 am | Reply
      • Tim Rigney

        Why do you think we have a dog in this fight? We've had *enough* war, it's time for peace.

        March 14, 2013 at 4:29 am |
      • Howard

        Tim, peace is only possible when the other guy wants it, too.

        March 14, 2013 at 8:33 am |
      • trumpcard

        "Defrend" was that intentional or a accident? Either way hilarious!!

        March 14, 2013 at 8:54 am |
      • Tim Rigney

        Howard – they do want peace. Just not with South Korea. After Iraq and Afghanistan (which I was in favor of), I don't see us having a dog in this fight. North Korea hasn't attacked us and clearly has no plans to. Perhaps a rare outside chance that they might if we continue to "meddle" in the affairs of a country *10,000* miles away from us. I personally want *no* U.S. military involvement even if they invade the South. In my opinion we've done ENOUGH, we have NO interest in this compared to the interest of bringing our kids home safe and keeping them there.

        March 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  98. Premal D.Shah

    The baby elephant is trying to test our mettle. Let's give it to him. What was done in Iraq should have been done to North Korea, but our spineless leader Gorgie Bush spoiled it all.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:27 am | Reply
    • iraq

      iraq or saddam lost his support of his generals and people and like Libya was just dictator. North korea is republic and ruled by an army generals and has support of his people. when US invaded iraq, iraq regime was all but lost and his power weaken. over 10 years of sanctions. north korea been building up military and prepare for total bloodbath for 60 years. and have military weaponry and expertise it's economy is 100% war economy whereas afghanistan was nomadic and had to import it's bullets and air missles. that is the difference. afghanistan was a cake walk cause your invading a country where soldiers still travelling in horses.

      March 14, 2013 at 3:39 am | Reply
    • sher63

      Forgive me if I seem Upfront in advance: Surrounding NK,,britlaint!!

      March 14, 2013 at 3:40 am | Reply
    • Kris

      George W. Bush spineless? Hardly. Obama is by far the the most politically correct, desperate-to-get-votes President we have ever had. Atleast Bush stood by his beliefs and didn't cave in to the liberal elite like Obama is doing. Obama also is the most ineffecient, inept President as far as military affairs is concerned. Look how horrible Benghazi was handled and you think our President can handle North Korea? President Obama has done more spending than any other President and we are broke-cant continue blaming Bush for this. We cannot afford a war and that itself is scary.

      March 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
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