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If North Korea is playing political and military poker, it seems they hold all the top cards. It's been a pain in the side of every Washington administration since the war of the 1950s, and judging from recently declassified papers, it's not a problem that's going to go away anytime soon.
Even a nuclear option that included bombing up to 12 military targets was considered by the Nixon administration and then-National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, the papers revealed, after a U.S. spy plane was shot down by Pyongyang in 1969, killing all 31 crewmen aboard.
It was rejected for reasons that are as pertinent today as they were then: The military response from North Korea could lead to thousands of deaths, more chaos, with even inconceivable consequences.
North Korean soldiers chant anti-American slogans during a rally marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War."Today it seems we're facing a similar dilemma," a senior fellow at the National Security Archive, Robert Wampler, told AOL News today. "What could we do that wouldn't carry the risk of all-out war?"