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North Korea Admits to Having Nuclear Weapons

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the we-knew-that-anyway dept.

Politics 2056

steelvadi writes "North Korea has now admitted to possessing nuclear weapons. Government officials there claimed that they are needed as defense from an increasingly hostile attitude from Washington. It was also stated that N. Korea will not be reentering negotiations on disarmament for the foreseeable future. "

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Mmmm. (1)

beatdown (788583) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629119)

Kaboom-bap! Only old people believe that N Korea can explode a nuke.

Korea (5, Funny)

shreevatsa (845645) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629123)

In Korea, only old people have nuclear weapons.... Uh, nevermind :)

Re:Korea (3, Interesting)

shreevatsa (845645) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629200)

Government officials there claimed that they are needed as defense from an increasingly hostile attitude from Washington But did they start making the nuclear weapons only after Washington started turning hostile?

Re:Korea (3, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629258)


But did they start making the nuclear weapons only after Washington started turning hostile?

You don't believe Washington turned hostile in 2001, do you?

Korean War ('scuse, "police action") (3, Insightful)

Engineer-Poet (795260) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629310)

You don't believe that North Korea was all sweetness and light until Washington got belligerent, do you?

Re:Korea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629217)

I for one would like to welcome our new slanty eyed overlords.

Thank Goodness... (4, Funny)

katsiris (779774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629125)

Iraq was disarmed just in time!

Re:Thank Goodness... (3, Insightful)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629166)

Yeah, good thing we raided big bad Iraq, while sweet lil' N. Korea was doing all of this.

Bullshit (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629241)

Yeah, good thing we raided big bad Iraq, while sweet lil' N. Korea was doing all of this.

Bullshit. You don't understand that contrary to what most people say Bush is NOT stupid. See this post of mine [slashdot.org] .

Re:Thank Goodness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629176)

hmmm, so they (North Korea) actually have weapons of mass destruction,...

Re:Thank Goodness... (-1, Troll)

SamBeckett (96685) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629191)

You don't realize that we had to invade Iraq just so that it would not become another North Korea? Anyway, laugh it up, all the dead soldiers appreciate it.

Re:Thank Goodness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629247)

Wow, you are dumb. Please do us a favor and chew off your voting fingers.

Re:Thank Goodness... (2, Insightful)

shreevatsa (845645) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629255)

Well that may be true, but then why didn't you just go out and say it? Why didn't you say that you had to invade Iraq so that it wouldn't have WMDs in the future... instead of the saying that you were invading it because it already had weapons of mass destruction?
The end does not always justify the means?

Re:Thank Goodness... (-1, Troll)

SamBeckett (96685) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629277)

I don't pretend to know all of the administrators motives for invading Iraq, but I assure you, my original post was one of them.

Re:Thank Goodness... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629264)

You don't realize that we had to invade Iraq just so that it would not become another North Korea?

Uh, no. We invaded Iraq over North Korea because we knew we could kick Saddam's ass. If we had invaded North Korea, Kim Jong Il would have responded by lobbing a few nuclear warheads into Tokyo and/or Seoul.

Re:Thank Goodness... (2, Insightful)

MartinG (52587) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629274)

And what exactly is "another North Korea"?

We all know where Iraq got by not having any serious weapons, by allowing inspectors in, and generally doing what the west told them. That's right, they got illegally invaded and the place turned to chaos.

If by "another North Korea" you mean a country prepared to stand up to outrageous american threats then we could do with a few more North Koreas.

Re:Thank Goodness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629311)


Anyway, laugh it up, all the dead soldiers appreciate it.

I'm sure they appreciated dying for BushCo and his friends. Bush is a war criminal and should by shot by a firing squad in true military fashion.

Re:Thank Goodness... (2, Insightful)

Evan Meakyl (762695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629214)

Yes, a big thanks to the United Nations and the UN weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix.

Re:Thank Goodness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629269)

If we hadn't invaded, don't you think Iraq would have been another N. Korea (maybe even worse)? The only thing worse than commies with their fingers on the button are religious fanatics with their fingers on the button (insert GWB joke here).

Not Funny, Just True (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629279)

One of the reasons the US invaded Iraq was precisely so Saddam wouldn't be in the position that Kim Jong Il is in now. A bloodthirsty homocidal dictator with WMD.

Taking out Iraq showed how important it is to take out the enemy before they developed the capability of nuclear blackmail.

Not Surprising (4, Insightful)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629128)

We all knew this already, but I wonder if we should worry more now that they've admitted it.

Re:Not Surprising (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629213)

We all knew this already, but I wonder if we should worry more now that they've admitted it.

Seeing as Kim Jong Il has more than a few symptoms of mental illness, I would say that: Yes, we should be more worried now that they have admitted it.

I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (3, Interesting)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629131)

Replace "admits" with "brags" and then further replace "brags" with "bluffs" and then it might be a little more true.

This is obviously a serious matter, but we should not believe anything that Kim Jong Il says without adequate proof.

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (5, Funny)

nearlygod (641860) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629162)

By "proof", do you mean "mushroom cloud"?

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (1)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629183)

No, I certainly wouldn't have meant anything quite so inflamatory (no pun intended). What I meant is that we shouldn't exercise any knee-jerk reactions in our diplomatic attempts. We should recognize what this "admission" is; an attempt to get the upper hand in negotiations and to use the threat of WMD to get what you want. Do we want to encourage future states to do the same thing?

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629282)

I think his point is that we've already seen a mushroom cloud over North Korea a few months ago.

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (2, Insightful)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629173)

we should not believe anything that Kim Jong Il says without adequate proof.

While your statement is true overall, I don't think it is true in the context of nuclear weapons. Everyone already knows that North Korea has more than a few nuclear warheads. In this case, by announcing that he has them, Kim Jong Il is playing a deadly game of chicken.

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629180)

No, they've got them. Or have you forgotten that one of the arguments in favour of invading Iraq was to do a bit of sabre-rattling to show them that the US was ready to back up words with force.

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629189)

North Korea has been "admitting" to having nuclear weapons for about 12 years.

Can anybody explain that phenomenon, where people assume that anything George W. Bush says must be a lie -- but the same people are perfectly willing to take a power-crazed lunatic dictator at his word?

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (1, Interesting)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629320)

Interesting that your American (or at least Western) view is that the President is, of course, telling the truth and the Asian is a lunatic. This despite documented evidence of blatant and persistent lies from the president and his senior officials. The Asian dictator is routinely portrayed as a lunatic in th western media but they offer little in the way of evidence. It is almost always stated as a fait accompli.

i.e. "Officials under the mad Kim Jong Il have admitted that the nation has nuclear weopons"

Prove it? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629193)

KJI: We have nukes!
W: Oh yeah, prove it.
News Anchor:40,000 dead this evening in San Francisco...

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (4, Insightful)

Enoch Root (57473) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629219)

What does it matter if it's true or not? Kim Jong Il admitting to having WMDs is already more proof than was necessary to invade Irak...

Now they can solve one problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629236)

Now they can solve their problem of overpopulation in a very simple and "striking" way!!

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (3, Insightful)

ezavada (91752) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629271)

Hmm... a government hostile to ours with nuclear weapons is a real threat to us. They won't negotiate with us and they certainly won't give up their nuclear weapons. We'd better make it clear that any hostile action can be met with nuclear response. Especially since they have expressed a desire to remake the world in their image, and have used military force to do so in the past -- I'm sure that's what the North Koreans are thinking when they look at the US. And of course that's what the US is thinking as is looks at North Korea. I doubt this will be an easy one to resolve.

Re:I think "admits" is probably the wrong word. (1)

EiZei (848645) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629284)

Even western intelligence agencies say that he has at least few working nuclear warheads. What more evidence do you need?

Well then.. (2, Insightful)

Ligur (453963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629132)

I guess I won't be renewing my sattelite TV subscribtion.
As I understand it WMD:s are only a threat if the dictator doesn't admit to having them!

Also.... (2, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629137)

In other news, Darth Vader is Luke's Father.

Politics is so weird. An announcement that tells us something we already knew becomes big news.

Bargaining (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629139)

So North Korea will not be entering negotiations. Right. That *isn't* and bargaining tool, people. Stop trying to negotiate with them.

Same song, different day (4, Interesting)

cwford (848987) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629140)

This is par for the course with North Korea. 1. Make ridiculous, aggressive statements in the media. 2. Pull out of talks. 3. Demand concessions. 4. Get concessions. 5. Restart talks. 6. Repeat. yawn. nothing to see here.

Re:Same song, different day (1)

yetdog (760930) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629290)

Mod parent up. Of course you'll get the leftists blaming Bush for this. In fact, GWB probably knows where my keys are, but he won't tell me. Bastard.

Holy Shit! (-1, Offtopic)

Kid_Korrupt (464945) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629141)

I actually got first post!

Or Not :( (1)

Kid_Korrupt (464945) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629188)

Damn you shreevatsa, katsiris, Adrilla, bigtallmofo, Ligur, lucabrasi999, dsginter, and darkmeridian!

Your computers are faster than mine! I'm coming to steal them!

Re:Or Not :( (1, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629301)

Your computers are faster than mine! I'm coming to steal them!

Please do. I need a new corporate laptop.

Israel (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629149)


perhaps they could do the same and admit they have also illegally aqquired WMD too ?

then we can move on to sanctions and UN inspections

consequence of us foreign policy (5, Insightful)

Robocrap (652257) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629150)

i saw this post regarding iran's nuclear weapons program yesterday, that is relevant to korea as well: "Ending Iran's WMD programmes will not prevent invasion from a hostile foreign power. The only way to ensure their security is to have a suitable deterrent. Their neighbours Iraq scrapped their WMD programmes and soon as they were suitably defenceless they were invaded. No state rogue or otherwise will now believe that complying with UN resolutions or appeasing a more powerful enemy will prevent attack. The USA's policy of 'Might is Right' is now to be cascaded throughout the world." -James, Newcastle, UK

Re:consequence of us foreign policy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629182)

"might is right"

Not a US policy, its THE HUMAN policy since the beginning of time.

Re:consequence of us foreign policy (1, Insightful)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629257)

"Their neighbours Iraq scrapped their WMD programmes and soon as they were suitably defenceless they were invaded. No state rogue or otherwise will now believe that complying with UN resolutions or appeasing a more powerful enemy will prevent attack. The USA's policy of 'Might is Right' is now to be cascaded throughout the world."

Ummm, except that they were in violation of UN sanctions, and had been in violation for over a decade. Even the UN does not dispute this. The only dispute was whether it was the right time to attack, or should further diplomacy be had.

If Iraq had not been in violation of UN sanctions, the coalition would not have been willing to mount the war.

Re:consequence of us foreign policy (2, Insightful)

asoap (740625) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629260)

You're absolutely right. It's sad that in order to prevent your country from being attacked, you have to be able to assure "MAD", Mutually Assured Destruction.

The States has proven with their pre-emptive attack that if you don't have WMDs, you are a threat.

It's such messed up logic. I can see why every single country that poses a threat to the U.S. will try to arm themselves now.

Re:consequence of us foreign policy (0)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629317)

You're absolutely right. It's sad that in order to prevent your country from being attacked, you have to be able to assure "MAD", Mutually Assured Destruction.

In all of the world, there are really only a few countries that have WMD. How is it then that all of those other countries are able to prevent themselves from being attacked?

I can see why every single country that poses a threat to the U.S. will try to arm themselves now.

Oh, here you admit it. Certain countries "pose a threat" to the US. And just why do Iran and N. Korea pose a threat to the US? You state this as if they are just your normal countries, ho-hum, we just pose a natural threat to the US. Wrong. These two countries are run by BAD PEOPLE. They dictate their countries and oppress their citizens, especially in the case of N. Korea.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629152)

shit.

eksplosion (2, Interesting)

tomjen (839882) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629155)

so the huge explosion in NK (previously on slashdot somewhere)was a neuclear test or what?

Re:eksplosion (1)

jolyonr (560227) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629199)

Yes, and apparently the radioactive cloud released has been leaving a trail of death and dyslexia as it travels around the world.

J

At Least Two Options (2, Insightful)

fmckee (632814) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629158)

1) Withdraw our troops from SK and clear the area for what comes next. 2) Let China deal with it.

team america (5, Funny)

ack154 (591432) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629168)

"It was inevitibible..."
"I'm sorry, what?"
"Inevataball..."
"One more time?"
"INEVITABLE! Jesus christ! Why are people so fucking stupid?!"

Re:team america (2, Funny)

Chicane-UK (455253) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629230)

Its just because Kim Jong-Il is 'ronery' :)

It's all jokes but.... (3, Interesting)

teiresias (101481) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629169)

I'm sure there will be a lot of jokes about WMDs etc but this is a clear and present danger. North Korea, as displayed by their current actions, is unpredictable. While many will say it's common knowledge that North Korea had nuclear weapons, this is a big deal in that they admitted it.

What's even more frightening is that they're not willing to talk about it. The 6 party talks only resumed a few weeks ago I believe. This can't be a good thing that they've stop talks.

My nervous level has moved up to Red (sorry had to end with a joke).

Re: It's all jokes but.... (4, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629233)


> What's even more frightening is that they're not willing to talk about it.

What's really frightening is that we have an Administration that couldn't invade Iraq fast enough, all the while pretending that North Korea would just go away if we ignored it hard enough.

Re:It's all jokes but.... (2, Interesting)

jxyama (821091) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629243)

thanks for your sentiment... as a japanese, my nervous level is also quite higher. (though i don't live in japan right now.) north korea once fired a missile over japan into the pacific... scary stuff...

on a lighter note, does this have anything to do with japan bearing north korea yesterday in the 2006 world cup qualifier with a tie-breaking goal 2 min. before the end of the game, winning 2-1? (just joking... i hope it stays a joke, though.)

Re:It's all jokes but.... (1)

RicardoStaudt (848723) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629292)

[quote] North Korea, as displayed by their current actions, is unpredictable. [/quote] The United States, on the other side, are sooo predictable...

Re:It's all jokes but.... (4, Interesting)

Enoch Root (57473) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629294)

What's EVEN more frightening is that they've wanted to have talks with the US for years, but the US has refused any direct negociations with them.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry about the boast that Irak's invasion was supposed to make the world safer. One year later, and there's now two hostile countries who armed themselves with nuclear power in DIRECT RELATION to a perceived threat to their sovereignty coming from the US.

They admit to have WMD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629171)

Then now we can be absolutely sure that the USA will NOT "liberate" them. Bush may be evil but he is not stupid.

Sorry Korea... (3, Funny)

detour207 (838058) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629172)

Sorry North Korea but you don't seem to be in the Middle East.. NO WAR FOR YOU! Iran however.... [go.com]

N Korea's nuclear weapons and our online rights? (1)

haluness (219661) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629174)

I'm not sure I see the connection between N Korea's stance and our online rights (or even our rights in general). Of course its an interesting peice of news.


Just wondering

Whoops! (1, Interesting)

Squeezer (132342) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629175)

I guess Bill Clinton shouldn't of trusted Kim Jong II when he said "Give me nuclear material and I promise not ot make nukes". See how well that turned out? Sending Carter over there didn't help things either, not that it would, Carter hasn't met a dictator he didn't love.

Oops... (1, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629177)


I guess we invaded the wrong country... maybe we should elect presidents with a better grasp of geography. Or reality.

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629293)

So, you're saying we should invade N. Korea?

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629306)

The point is to invade BEFORE they get the weapons. You want to invade once they have weapons? What reality do you live in? (NK has probably had them for years...)

What a surprise (1)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629179)

If I was budding tyrant bossing a country, developing or getting nukes would not just have gone top of my agenda, it would have become my sole agenda after the US showed they would ignore international opinion and act unilaterally based either or real or trumped up allegations.

Obvious (0, Offtopic)

boohiss (804985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629184)

We pretty much already assumed they had em.

Condoleeza Rice (2, Interesting)

digidave (259925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629187)

Rice says: "The North Koreans have no reason to believe that anyone wants to attack them. They have been told they can have multilateral security assurances if they will make the important decision to give up their nuclear weapons program. So there is really no reason for this, but we will examine where we go next."

Assurances, huh? Ever think for a minute that maybe North Korea has no reason to believe anything the Bush administration says? Maybe if Bush builds up some goodwill and trust then the North would be willing to resume negotiations. You don't negotiate with someone you think is lying to you.

politics section (2, Insightful)

jdowland (764773) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629192)

I thought 'why on earth is this article themed with the US flag - are north korean WMD only of interest to usa citizens?' then I realised that was the theme for politics.slashdot.org.

Then I thought 'why on earth is this category themed with the US flag - are politics of interest to usa citizens?'

Made in North Korea (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629194)

Don't worry. My toaster was made in North Korea and it sucks.

Checklist (3, Interesting)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629198)

Lesse...

North Korea:
Dictator: Check
Oppressed people: Check
No legitimate elections: Check
WMDs: Check
Threatening to the West: Check

Send in the troops! What's that? We're going to use diplomacy instead? We're going to try to avoid tens of thousands of deaths and injured? Wow, good thinking. Too bad about that other country...

Re: Checklist (5, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629287)


Lesse...

North Korea:
Dictator: Check
Oppressed people: Check
No legitimate elections: Check
WMDs: Check
Threatening to the West: Check

Send in the troops! What's that? We're going to use diplomacy instead? We're going to try to avoid tens of thousands of deaths and injured? Wow, good thinking. Too bad about that other country...


You neglected the all-important:

Has major portion of world's oil supply: nope.

India,US,Russia,China,Britain,France ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629206)

Paksitan, Iran, Israel, South Africa, etc. ...

Join the club!

It's a 1940s technology.

What's the news? and what's the big deal?

Admitting it (1)

Anonymous Custard (587661) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629208)

North Korea Admits to Having Nuclear Weapons

Yeah, just like I admit to having a nice new Dell 2001FP 20.1" Flat Panel display.

They're proud to "admit" this, because they know it means no one will make a direct attack against them.

They're not admitting anything, they're warning other countries to stay back.

Range. . . (1)

InsideTheAsylum (836659) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629210)

Well, the NK missile range is only what.. couple of hundred miles? They could hold japan hostage, but I don't think that their missiles can quite reach the US.

Well (1)

cca93014 (466820) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629211)

In Soviet Russia, er...

Cheers! Now a Socialist State (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629222)

Can check the aggressive Imperialism of Bush Chimpler's Reich!
Look in the mirror AmeriKKKa that is why you deserve what you get.

Debian! (1, Funny)

sammykrupa (828537) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629223)

Great! Now back to Knopix vs. Debian! BTW Debian!!

Raise your hands... (4, Interesting)

rscrawford (311046) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629228)

...if you were surprised by this admission. Anyone?

*crickets*

Thought not. See, North Korea is a real threat. Probably why Bush is ignoring it. Unlike those massive armed-to-the-teeth maniacs hoarding nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in Iraq. Good thing we went in there. Seems like every man, woman, and child there had a shoulder mounted nuclear missile launcher.

Israeli has nuclear weapons since long time ago (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629234)

Israeli has nuclear weapons since long time ago, so why other nation like north korea can't have its nuclear weapon?

oh yeah~ because poor north korea never able to own any mass media or entertainment company in american...

sigh... poverty is really a sin.

Obviously (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629237)


They have to say this as they are unable to get Viagra in their country.

Go ask Ward Churchill (-1, Offtopic)

gelfling (6534) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629238)

But I'm not sure that when Berkeley is a smoky glass crater he'll still call the victims "Little Eichmanns".

ignore them (1)

ActionAL (260721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629244)

who cares, if they decide to do something bad then they'll get smashed to smithereens, but probability wise i bet they just have them to threaten and scare big people like the u.s. who likes to lurch over them and poke them in the buttocks.

seriously folks, don't do anything to provoke them and they flap around like fish until they lose their will to annoy people.

Hardly surprising (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629248)

Considering that the know-how about nuclear weapons is available to at least some extent in scientific literature. The major problem creating nuclear weapons is to get hands on the components needed, and even that is more a question of money and patience.

Another problem when it comes to making nuclear weapons is not making them, it is making them efficient. An inefficient bomb going of will actually create more radioactive fallout than an efficient bomb, which means that the long-term effects will be worse.

More can be mentioned in this, but I refrain from going further to avoid giving terrorists too much ideas.

So? (5, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629249)

So what if North Korea has nukes? That's a good thing.

Same thing with Iran. I'm hoping they get nukes within a few years.

Why? Because people with nukes don't do stupid things (excluding the U.S. of course).

I've been saying this for a long time. Despite what the neocons would have you believe having nukes is a great way to make a country get its act together. In the case of North Korea they are protecting themselves from attack since any country that would attack them knows what to expect.

On the other side North Korea knows that if it attacks someone what it can expect in return.

The same with Iran.

To those who say that countries like North Korea and Iran having nukes is a bad thing because they could sell/give the info to terrorists, think again. In the case of Iran the last thing the ruling mullahs want is to give a nuclear device or supplies to someone and have that same person/group turn around and set off that device in the middle of Tehran.

On another point, take a look at India and Pakistan. They've had seven major wars since the two countries gained independence from Great Britain. However, as soon as India had their nuclear tests and Pakistan followed close behind, both countries have had several meaningful discussions on how to reduce tensions and learn to live peacefully with one another.

I know it's an unpopular opinion but a country like North Korea or Iran having nukes is a good thing. It forces all sides to not be stupid.

They laugh (0)

Bilzmoude (811717) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629254)

They are pretty much saying "Ha Ha! You fools went after the wrong country! We have the weapons of mass destruction. Just try and catch us now! Mu ha ha ha ha!"

Not surprised (1, Insightful)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629256)

Huh... Imagine that. Go around beating the crap out of smaller countries because you can, and sooner or later they'll ~really~ start posessing the means of defending themselves.

Our government has acted like a bully for a long time, especially recently. We can only push so many people around before they start pushing back.

You get what you give.
~D

Hey North Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629272)

You can't hug with nuclear arms!

What else they can do? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629273)

Let's pretend you are a mid-east country. You say you don't mass destruction weapons. They send watchers who find nothing. Eventually when is clear they have no MDW and cannot harm us, you invade the country.

Maybe the solution is playing pretend: "OF COURSE I HAVE THEM AND I'M READY TO USE THEM ON YOU"

Jataimi in Iran is doing the same. What pretends C.Rice saying "we are not invading Iran ... yet" is she creating a menace? is she forcing the "axes of evil" to arm themselves "for protection"?

sad sad world.

Next up: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629275)

The Korean war... number two. Nope, I'm not trolling. Think about it.

Invitation? (1)

Living WTF (838448) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629281)

North Korea has a weird way to say that the want to "have a visit" from the US.

You don't have to believe everything (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629291)

This is one of the various western propaganda attempts that has been floating around, trying to discredit North Korea. No one in the DPRK's government have ever said anything like that.

Pure propaganda.

Are you eating it up like good little slaves? I hope not!

Check out for real news from DPRK:
http://kcna.co.jp/

As usual for politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11629305)

90% snide 'America sucks' remarks and 10% meaningful observations.

Why does Slashdot bother? Trendy political news is NOT geek material, and I resent my own Geekhood being hijacked by ex-student council members and flashy civics twerps who happen to play video games or own a computer.

don't worry (5, Interesting)

e**(i pi)-1 (462311) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629307)

We don't worry about the N. Korea nukes: CNN has
this morning already moved to a more relevant story:
"Prince Charles to marry Camilla Parker Bowles".

Hammer Time (0)

PizzaFace (593587) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629315)

A hostile country has developed nukes that threaten us and our allies. Thank God we are protected by the Bush Doctrine so we can invade and take their nukes away.

Oops, I forgot, the U.S. can't invade. Our army has been busy the past two years taking away the non-existent nuclear capability of Iraq.

Kids, do you know how to "duck and cover"?

Hello, TESTING??? (1)

what_the_frell (690581) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629316)

If they indeed do have nuclear weapons, they would have tested them somewhere, with a very obvious mushroom cloud visible for 100's of miles and seismic data that would have been seen picked up by just about every earthquake-sensing station around the world. If they have weapons, they're untested. Either that or they're bluffing. Unless I missed something in the news.

If you're going to do it... (1)

http101 (522275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11629319)

...do it right. Don't bomb the fuck out of my kids and the rest of my family because you "hate Americans" due to some vitamin-D deficient politician's unilateral wet-dream of a decision. I didn't do anything to Korea, in fact, I was being supportive of other nations til about 5 minutes ago when the extreme potential of having my home country turned into a free-range microwave oven was unearthed. This is similar to holding a conversion with someone as they load a 12-gauge shotgun. Would anyone else feel a little nervous standing in front a someone who's waving a boom-stick?
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