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US hesitant in condemning North Korean launch

Published: Wed, December 12, 2012 @ 7:31 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is drawing no "red line" for North Korea after a successful long-range rocket test, tempering the public condemnation to avoid raising tensions or possibly rewarding the reclusive communist nation with too much time in the global spotlight.

The U.S. has told the world that it won't tolerate Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons or Syria's use of chemical stockpiles on rebels. North Korea, in some ways, is a trickier case.

The U.S. wants to forcefully condemn what it believes is a "highly provocative act," and that was the first public reaction from the White House late Tuesday. But it also is mindful of the turmoil on the Korean peninsula and treading carefully, offering no threat of military action or unspecified "consequences" associated with other hot spots.

Just two years ago, the North allegedly torpedoed a South Korean warship and shelled a South Korean island. Some 50 South Koreans died in the attacks that brought the peninsula to the brink of war.

North Korea already has the deterrent of a nuclear weapons arsenal. The U.S. is bound to protect next-door South Korea from any attack, but has no desire now for a military conflict.


1IslandMike(752 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Who are we to dictate to them what they can and can't do? The US INVADED Iraq and killed thousands of innocent people in the process. The US INVADED Vietnam and did the same. Our government then turns around and plays the role of VICTIM. I am thankful for the men and women who serve our military, but at the same time, you cannot blame anyone in Iraq or Vietnam for killing our soldiers when their people view us as having INVADED their country. Did it ever occur to anyone that people in other countries may actually love their country enough to defend it?

If we shoot their test rocket out of the sky, then we DO give them a reason to take aggressive actions towards us.

We have nukes and until we are willing to get rid of ours, then we need not tell anyone else they can't have them.

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