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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.


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1NoBS(1940 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

We should have shot their "rocket" out of the sky. No muss, no fuss, but it sends a clear message.

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2NoBS(1940 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Mike, wake up! Do you think they're developing a missile capable of reaching anywhere around the globe, including your house, so they can plant posies with it? Remember, they already have nukes.

Dictators such as Kim Jong Un, Ahmadinejad, and others are too mentally unstable to possess long-distance nuclear weapons. The rest of the world agrees with that. And as long as they have access to nukes, the rational countries who have them would be crazy to get rid of them. All that keeps those nut cases from actually using their weapons is the threat that the US and other countries have the capability to respond even more forcefully. Let me add, for the namby-pambies out there that I do not advocate actually USING our weapons, unless it's to retaliate in kind.

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