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Defense Minister Kim Tae-young yesterday said Seoul would have to conduct "preemptive" strikes if it detects signs of possible nuclear aggression from North Korea.
"We will need to carry out preemptive strikes immediately as soon as we see definite signs of a nuclear attack from North Korea because there would be too much damage if we tried to first block the attack and then respond," Kim said at a forum on military reforms and inter-Korean relations.
The defense minister's remarks come as relations between the two Koreas appeared to be strained once again in the aftermath of a furi
Originally posted by Common Sense says...
North Korea (while the leadership is crazy) does not want to do anything that would put the leaders of the country in a position to lose what they have. Think about it, the leaders of NK have absolute control over everything and a war might put them at risk of losing control of their people. There will be "no strike" by either side and that is the bottom line.
So with all this said, the 'pre-emptive attack' warning by the South Korean Defense Minister is neither crazy or war-mongering, but rather a stern reminder to NK that if there is evidence of an impending attack on South Korea that it will act first. By this warning, South Korea hopes to discourage any thoughts by NK to feign nuclear attack preparations, or further increase its bellicosity. With the NK development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, the previously 'business as usual' postering by NK is no longer acceptable. Its a huge shift in the way that politics are played out in the Korean peninsula.
The North said Monday that its return to six-nation negotiations on its nuclear weapons program hinges on building better relations with the United States by starting peace treaty talks. The North also called for the lifting of international sanctions against it.
Originally posted by above
What i find most disgusting here is the attitude some people seem to have that a nation was not allowed to "go nuclear" !?
What right does *any* nation have to stock nuclear weapons, that others do not? If one country is allowed to have nuclear weapons, everyone must be allowed. Simple as cake.
Now don't get m wrong here, i am all for an nuke free world, but as long as this is not a fact then it's nobody elses business if NK or Iran or whoever decides to start making nukes.