However This is absolute trash.
China, Russia and Japan would all have to give consent, secondly There are a huge number of Troops and Civilians in South Korea, as its the most militarised zone in the world (before and after any Iraq situation)
These troops and civilians are US.
Even the crazies in the US Military would not want a third of a million US troops and support personnel and families to be shipped back a few months later with iodine, and a mushroom in cancers etc. Also the North Koreans have a HUGE stockpile of Chemical and Biological weapons they would reign down on those huge number of US people, and unless the Nuclear Strike was soo large it went to the border, and blinded every man woman and child within the entire Korean Penninsula.
Those washington Crazies know they could not stop such said WMD being used on there own People in retaliation.
The REAL official stance of the US to this, just media and public perception management, they cant attack an all out war would ensue, China would not allow it as millions would pour over the border fleeing, and they certainly dont want the US to have total military control of the penninsula, it gives china a "ACE" in the region, and makes them look less like the bad boy of the neighborhood.
In "America's North Korea Policy: Adding Lanes to the Road," Klingner argued even before this latest provocation that it was time for the United States to rethink its North Korea policy. "Despite public perceptions of a major U.S. policy shift toward North Korea, President Obama is continuing the Bush engagement strategy. The Six-Party Talks should not be the only venue for U.S.-North Korean engagement," Klingner concludes, "[a] more comprehensive strategy would offer Pyongyang a path to greater economic and diplomatic benefits while continuing to insist on compliance, conditionality, reciprocity, and verification." Among the proposals he makes in an extensive analysis of recent US diplomatic efforts is that: (1) [I]t has never been a question of whether to engage North Korea, but of how to do so. It is critical to understand that engagement is a means rather than an end, and it is equally important to control how engagement is applied. For the time being, the U.S. should continue diplomatic attempts to reduce the North Korean nuclear threat. The likelihood for success, though, is not high; (2) [w]hile the U.S. should continue to strive for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear threat, employing a combination of all instruments of national power, the Obama Administration should also accept that there simply may be no set of inducements to ensure North Korean abandonment of its nuclear weapons; (3) [t]he U.S. should establish non-flexible deadlines so that Pyongyang cannot continue to drag out negotiations. In addition, it would be prudent for Washington to initiate contingency plans with South Korea and Japan should the Six-Party Talks no longer seem to be a viable policy option
Global Security Sitrep.
So the above is the official stance, I dare say there are contingency plans, as there are for plans made for the US to Nuke its Own people in extreme situations, those planners at the pentagon have planned some very interestiing and extreme things, but to do it officially no way imho.
Maybe a Conventional Strike.... again doubt it very much China will say no, and a war much bigger than Iraq would ensue as they attacked south Korea.
America lost here once before who thinks it would be any different now?
IGNORE this story guys, dont be afraid.... of his Nukes or the US in this regard or situation alone, neither can use them openly and survive as they are.
Of course there is the slim possibility of a real event occuring when Kim dies and if transition is not smotth if a Military commander had total control and was of the same mind as Hitler, Stalin or Bush... but we face that possibilty every day.
The world is not really any more dangerous because of this than it was 2 weeks ago.... Bluffs, political moves, appeasment, media perception within and without the regime....
Too much to loose on both sides to "See" the other player now.
To add a Haiku poem on the situation Short haiku on Korea in "Your Daily Haiku thread"
[edit on 27-5-2009 by MischeviousElf]