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Do Now #72: North Korea’s Threat of Attack

| April 5, 2013 | 246 Comments
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How do you think the U.S. should respond to North Korea’s threat to deploy nuclear weapons on its neighbors and even the United States? Why? Is this a credible threat?

Introduction

In recent years, North Korea has made several threats to develop and deploy nuclear weapons on countries like South Korea, Japan, and even the United States. These type of threats were never met with major concern as it seemed clear that North Korea was not close to building weapons grade nuclear materials nor had the capability to fire long range missiles outside its border. Well, things have changed.

Now, it seems that North Korea is much closer to reaching the capability of deploying such weapons. All of this started when North Korea conducted new nuclear tests in February, which in turn prompted the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions on the North. And last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a plan to put strategic rockets on standby to be fired at the United States and its bases in the Pacific at any time.

It is unclear at the moment how serious or credible the threat is to the U.S, however, the U.S. government announced last Wednesday that it was deploying an advanced missile defense system to Guam as a precautionary measure against these threats from North Korea. The resource below provides three perspectives on the conflict. What do you think? Does this action seem necessary? Is it too passive or aggressive? How should the United States handle this very delicate situation?

Resource

KQED Forum segment North Korea’s Missile Threats – April 4, 2013
In response to nuclear threats from North Korea, the U.S. government announced Wednesday that it was deploying an advanced missile defense system to Guam.


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More Resources

PBS NewsHour segment New Threats From North Korea – April 4, 2013
Pyongyang continues its provocation of the United States. Jeffrey Brown reports on North Korea’s latest threats of nuclear attack on the U.S. and its moving of a missile to its eastern coastline. John Irvine of Independent Television News reports on how a small South Korean island is watching the heated rhetoric.

New York Times’ North Korea Collection
News about North Korea, including commentary, archival articles, videos, and interactive timelines published in The New York Times.


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  • Brian

    On a global scale attacking the U.S would be the last thing they should think about doing. Ever see a lion attack a gazelle?

    • Lil Wayne

      Your correct the US is a World Power. Don’t wanna mess with the US.

      • David Jenny

        I agree with Brian I think Kim Jong Un should calm down a little bit before he gets himself and his country killed his country has no allies it would honestly be North Korea vrs the world. Why is he trying to make so many enemies. Him vrs. the U.S. is not David vrs. Goliath its David vrs. ten of Goliath.

    • http://google jone

      its like the us is going to look like the fall out games

  • Brian

    On a global scale attacking the U.S would be the last thing they should think about doing. Ever see a lion attack a gazelle?

    • Lil Wayne

      Your correct the US is a World Power. Don’t wanna mess with the US.

      • David Jenny

        I agree with Brian I think Kim Jong Un should calm down a little bit before he gets himself and his country killed his country has no allies it would honestly be North Korea vrs the world. Why is he trying to make so many enemies. Him vrs. the U.S. is not David vrs. Goliath its David vrs. ten of Goliath.

    • http://google jone

      its like the us is going to look like the fall out games

  • Denzel Stevens

    I think that the United States should do something about this threat because north Korea will not hesitate to hurt anyone that gets in their way.

    • Jacob

      I think before they do anything, That america should get a peace treaty with china first. The last thing the world needs is WW3.

      • Avery

        I agree with Jacob, if the U.S. does go to war with North Korea then North Korea’s allies will be involved to and will fight with them.

        • Jason

          China has closed their borders with North Korea. This signals that they might not back them up as fully as they would in years past. I agree that a peace treaty with China would be in order before any attack happened. That said, China wouldn’t just let North Korea become democratic after any war, they would likely want a friendly communist regime…

  • Denzel Stevens

    I think that the United States should do something about this threat because north Korea will not hesitate to hurt anyone that gets in their way.

    • Jacob

      I think before they do anything, That america should get a peace treaty with china first. The last thing the world needs is WW3.

      • Avery

        I agree with Jacob, if the U.S. does go to war with North Korea then North Korea’s allies will be involved to and will fight with them.

        • Jason

          China has closed their borders with North Korea. This signals that they might not back them up as fully as they would in years past. I agree that a peace treaty with China would be in order before any attack happened. That said, China wouldn’t just let North Korea become democratic after any war, they would likely want a friendly communist regime…

  • Rodney Shaffer

    I don’t know if Korea is truly going to do something but they are being suspicious. Although they are not much of a threat because their nukes would be nothing compared to ours and we have a defense system. Finally i feel like America is trying to antagonize the people to be afraid of an attack by putting the North Koreans in the new Red Dawn movie. Thus making a panic which could help sway opinions on attacking them.

    • Aubrey

      I agree with you. I don’t really think that Korea will do anything, but, I do think that they have the potential to do something. But I also kind of agree with your comment about Red Dawn, which was a pretty awesome movie. But people see or hear something and they totally freak, or they think it really happened, or they tell someone about it and it gets misconstrued. Whatever it may be, that movie can really freak some people out, and can definitely make them more okay with attacking North Korea, if it comes down to that.

  • Rodney Shaffer

    I don’t know if Korea is truly going to do something but they are being suspicious. Although they are not much of a threat because their nukes would be nothing compared to ours and we have a defense system. Finally i feel like America is trying to antagonize the people to be afraid of an attack by putting the North Koreans in the new Red Dawn movie. Thus making a panic which could help sway opinions on attacking them.

    • Aubrey

      I agree with you. I don’t really think that Korea will do anything, but, I do think that they have the potential to do something. But I also kind of agree with your comment about Red Dawn, which was a pretty awesome movie. But people see or hear something and they totally freak, or they think it really happened, or they tell someone about it and it gets misconstrued. Whatever it may be, that movie can really freak some people out, and can definitely make them more okay with attacking North Korea, if it comes down to that.

  • Owen

    I hate this it really sux

  • Owen

    I hate this it really sux

  • http://twitter Dylan p

    I Think that Koreas threats should cause a little worried but only because if we don’t be even a little worried then if they decide to acctually bomb us then we wont be prepared. The U.S shouldn’t really retaliate but prepare to retaliate, basically brace for impact and be prepared to fight back.

    • Jacob

      america can’t fight back though, or at least until we get a peace treaty with china. China supports north korea, america is in a situation were north korea can attack us, but we can’t attack them without ticking off china and starting WW3.

  • http://twitter Dylan p

    I Think that Koreas threats should cause a little worried but only because if we don’t be even a little worried then if they decide to acctually bomb us then we wont be prepared. The U.S shouldn’t really retaliate but prepare to retaliate, basically brace for impact and be prepared to fight back.

    • Jacob

      america can’t fight back though, or at least until we get a peace treaty with china. China supports north korea, america is in a situation were north korea can attack us, but we can’t attack them without ticking off china and starting WW3.

  • helena

    Nuclear weapons are always a threat.

    • Nick F

      Sorry I meant attack

  • helena

    Nuclear weapons are always a threat.

    • Nick F

      Sorry I meant attack

  • Juan

    How they gunna try to bomb us there one eighth the size of country . Come on man!

  • Juan

    How they gunna try to bomb us there one eighth the size of country . Come on man!

  • Nick F

    I think the US should attach first because sooner or later North Korea will bomb us

  • Nick F

    I think the US should attach first because sooner or later North Korea will bomb us

  • Julia Lipply

    I think that the US should take this threat seriously. Although Korea does not have as great of technology for weapons, we still need to take this as a legit threat. There bombs would most likely not be able to hit the US mainland but they may be able to hit Guam. I also think we need to have soldiers and weapons ready in case a bomb would hit us in those areas.

    • Lauren

      Yes we always need to be prepared so we can prevent unnecessary casualties.

  • Julia Lipply

    I think that the US should take this threat seriously. Although Korea does not have as great of technology for weapons, we still need to take this as a legit threat. There bombs would most likely not be able to hit the US mainland but they may be able to hit Guam. I also think we need to have soldiers and weapons ready in case a bomb would hit us in those areas.

    • Lauren

      Yes we always need to be prepared so we can prevent unnecessary casualties.

  • Brandi

    I think that the United States should do something about it. It is a threat. I think that that is something that should be taken very seriously and handled properly rather than just waiting around for something to happen.

    • Amber Redinger

      I agree with you. This is something that does not need to be messed around with. The American citizens are in their hands, and should not be taken lightly.

  • Brandi

    I think that the United States should do something about it. It is a threat. I think that that is something that should be taken very seriously and handled properly rather than just waiting around for something to happen.

    • Amber Redinger

      I agree with you. This is something that does not need to be messed around with. The American citizens are in their hands, and should not be taken lightly.

  • Amber Redinger

    I think the US should do something about it. North Korea is threatening the US. It is a very serous matter, and we should not take it lightly.

    • Brandi

      I agree a lot with your comment! The US does need to handle this right now since it is a serious matter.

    • Kameron E.

      What do you mean by do something about it? If you mean to prepare ourselves for an attack then yes, I agree. If you mean we should launch a full scale attack on them, then I disagree.

  • Amber Redinger

    I think the US should do something about it. North Korea is threatening the US. It is a very serous matter, and we should not take it lightly.

    • Brandi

      I agree a lot with your comment! The US does need to handle this right now since it is a serious matter.

    • Kameron E.

      What do you mean by do something about it? If you mean to prepare ourselves for an attack then yes, I agree. If you mean we should launch a full scale attack on them, then I disagree.

  • Cesar Q

    I think the United States should have a plan in place in case North Korea does bomb us, Better safe than sorry. I think it is a credible threat and we should take it seriously.

    • Ben Dover

      yo mane, chill wit dis shiz bro WE GOT DIS!!! They aint neva gunna bomb us we to gnarly

      • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/ Matthew Williams

        Hey Ben, why don’t you express this through a meme and tweet it to @kqededspace
        You can use quickmeme.com

        Thanks

  • Cesar Q

    I think the United States should have a plan in place in case North Korea does bomb us, Better safe than sorry. I think it is a credible threat and we should take it seriously.

    • Ben Dover

      yo mane, chill wit dis shiz bro WE GOT DIS!!! They aint neva gunna bomb us we to gnarly

      • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/ Matthew Williams

        Hey Ben, why don’t you express this through a meme and tweet it to @kqededspace
        You can use quickmeme.com

        Thanks

  • Kameron E.

    I think it never hurts to be prepared for an attack, so yes I believe we should take it a credible threat. If we do nothing and they do decide to attack then we will be forced into a bad circumstance.

    • Julia Lipply

      Kameron, I agree! I think we need to be prepared as well as we can be to protect our country. If they would attack us and we were not prepared, I agree that it would take us to terrible outcomes.

  • Kameron E.

    I think it never hurts to be prepared for an attack, so yes I believe we should take it a credible threat. If we do nothing and they do decide to attack then we will be forced into a bad circumstance.

    • Julia Lipply

      Kameron, I agree! I think we need to be prepared as well as we can be to protect our country. If they would attack us and we were not prepared, I agree that it would take us to terrible outcomes.

  • Sam Stevens

    We should send over the special forces to take pictures and see how far they are. If they pose a threat then we can decide to act. But until we have serious proof of the danger there is no reason to go to war.

    • Darin B.

      I agree completely. We shouldn’t just listen to the news and take it as a threat. We should send over someone to check on their progress and then make a decision on whether to or not make a move.

    • Ryan Mareska

      Good Idea SLAM!! how about we go over there and beat them by ourselves lol jk, but that is a very good idea. Don’t you think we should help out allies though?

  • Sam Stevens

    We should send over the special forces to take pictures and see how far they are. If they pose a threat then we can decide to act. But until we have serious proof of the danger there is no reason to go to war.

    • Darin B.

      I agree completely. We shouldn’t just listen to the news and take it as a threat. We should send over someone to check on their progress and then make a decision on whether to or not make a move.

    • Ryan Mareska

      Good Idea SLAM!! how about we go over there and beat them by ourselves lol jk, but that is a very good idea. Don’t you think we should help out allies though?

  • Rolando

    The United States should find a way to prevent North Korea from deploying nuclear weapons on its neighbors and even the United States. This could affect our country in a terrifying way and the best solution for this is to stop North Korea from doing that.

    • Kane

      Rolando,
      I completely agree. This is a threat that cannot be taken lightly, and we will have to defend ourselves and our allies if North Korea poses an immediate threat. However, I don’t know if there is any way we can prevent them from deploying nuclear weapons. Unfortunately we will just have to wait to see their response to current proposals and hope that they do not make any rash decisions. This is a waiting game situation and not much can be done. That being said we could take a clear, strong stance on what we will do if they happen to attack and follow suit if anything were to happen.

  • Rolando

    The United States should find a way to prevent North Korea from deploying nuclear weapons on its neighbors and even the United States. This could affect our country in a terrifying way and the best solution for this is to stop North Korea from doing that.

    • Kane

      Rolando,
      I completely agree. This is a threat that cannot be taken lightly, and we will have to defend ourselves and our allies if North Korea poses an immediate threat. However, I don’t know if there is any way we can prevent them from deploying nuclear weapons. Unfortunately we will just have to wait to see their response to current proposals and hope that they do not make any rash decisions. This is a waiting game situation and not much can be done. That being said we could take a clear, strong stance on what we will do if they happen to attack and follow suit if anything were to happen.

  • Angel Figueroa

    The U.S. shouldn’t take this threat lightly. It’s something very serious that we should take under consideration and see what we should do right now before they deploy a bomb.

  • Angel Figueroa

    The U.S. shouldn’t take this threat lightly. It’s something very serious that we should take under consideration and see what we should do right now before they deploy a bomb.

  • Lauren

    I think this threat should be taken seriously. If the United States doesn’t take it seriously, our military and government will not be ready for an attack which could ultimately lead to many casualties. North Korea has always been a major enemy to the U.S. and therefore they would not hesitate to attack us if they have the means to.

  • Lauren

    I think this threat should be taken seriously. If the United States doesn’t take it seriously, our military and government will not be ready for an attack which could ultimately lead to many casualties. North Korea has always been a major enemy to the U.S. and therefore they would not hesitate to attack us if they have the means to.

  • Nick f

    I am sorry for my spelling

  • Nick f

    I am sorry for my spelling

  • M.O.

    I don’t think this is a major threat. However, I think we need to be prepared if this threat continues to linger and heightens in credibility. If Korea hasn’t had significant success in creating this bomb until now, how do we know it will reach us? I just think it needs to be talked down less, but still prepared for.

  • M.O.

    I don’t think this is a major threat. However, I think we need to be prepared if this threat continues to linger and heightens in credibility. If Korea hasn’t had significant success in creating this bomb until now, how do we know it will reach us? I just think it needs to be talked down less, but still prepared for.

  • Cristal Monsibais

    I think that U.S is doing the right thing. I think that it is very important that they handle this situation effectively. This is a very serious matter, and if nothing is done, hundreds of Americans could die.

  • Cristal Monsibais

    I think that U.S is doing the right thing. I think that it is very important that they handle this situation effectively. This is a very serious matter, and if nothing is done, hundreds of Americans could die.

  • Randal R.

    What if North Korea is bluffing? And if they do nuke us, we can’t nuke them because our alli South Korea is, well, south of them.

  • Randal R.

    What if North Korea is bluffing? And if they do nuke us, we can’t nuke them because our alli South Korea is, well, south of them.

  • M.O.

    I agree with Kameron. I think we just really need to be prepared and ready.

    • Ryan Mareska

      Yes that is very true we have to help our allies.

  • M.O.

    I agree with Kameron. I think we just really need to be prepared and ready.

    • Ryan Mareska

      Yes that is very true we have to help our allies.

  • Ramon Luna

    The threat is something that could happen but there many systems to counter act any nuclear bombs so when north Korea makes it’s move the US should make the second move just so that things don’t escalate more then it should be.

  • Ramon Luna

    The threat is something that could happen but there many systems to counter act any nuclear bombs so when north Korea makes it’s move the US should make the second move just so that things don’t escalate more then it should be.

  • Jesus Diaz

    I believe that The U.S. should be ready for an attack and if anything we should have a strategy to take down North Korea with one massive blitzkrieg if they do try attacking us with nuclear missiles.

  • Jesus Diaz

    I believe that The U.S. should be ready for an attack and if anything we should have a strategy to take down North Korea with one massive blitzkrieg if they do try attacking us with nuclear missiles.

  • Mike Bloomfield

    I think we should invade North Korea so we can shut down there weapons. It is if they go threw with it.

  • Mike Bloomfield

    I think we should invade North Korea so we can shut down there weapons. It is if they go threw with it.

  • Kristi

    I think that the United States should start preparing for this bomb. A nuclear weapon is always a threat.

  • Kristi

    I think that the United States should start preparing for this bomb. A nuclear weapon is always a threat.

  • April

    I think the United States is in the right by taking a precautionary measure. North Korea has threatened the U.S. for years, and we must take a small step to decide whether North Korea is as serious as they say they are about threatening the U.S. The United States does need to be prepared for an attack, but the United States should not be the start of it.

    • Mike Bloomfield

      That is good that the U.S is taking precautionary measures but we should also be prepared in case it does happen.

  • April

    I think the United States is in the right by taking a precautionary measure. North Korea has threatened the U.S. for years, and we must take a small step to decide whether North Korea is as serious as they say they are about threatening the U.S. The United States does need to be prepared for an attack, but the United States should not be the start of it.

    • Mike Bloomfield

      That is good that the U.S is taking precautionary measures but we should also be prepared in case it does happen.

  • Jamie Jagneck

    What I think the United States should do is just get as meany nukes as the U.S. can get and just push the North Korea off the face of the earth. Just get it all done and over with and put North Korea in their place. North Korea has threatened the U.S. for years and if they can’t back up what they are saying. Then yes I think we should nuke the North Korea.

  • Jamie Jagneck

    What I think the United States should do is just get as meany nukes as the U.S. can get and just push the North Korea off the face of the earth. Just get it all done and over with and put North Korea in their place. North Korea has threatened the U.S. for years and if they can’t back up what they are saying. Then yes I think we should nuke the North Korea.

  • Jose

    I think we should have the right to do something about it. like look after them or something. They may not want to use it but still I think that they should not be able to have it because if they have it is just a mater of time before they use the nuclear weapons on one of these countries. yes if they have a nuclear weapon then it Is a threat to us

  • Jose

    I think we should have the right to do something about it. like look after them or something. They may not want to use it but still I think that they should not be able to have it because if they have it is just a mater of time before they use the nuclear weapons on one of these countries. yes if they have a nuclear weapon then it Is a threat to us

  • L.V

    the u.s should take this serious and be watching north korea just in case they do do something

  • L.V

    the u.s should take this serious and be watching north korea just in case they do do something

  • Brandon Strong

    I think the U.S. should take initiative of the situation, and bomb them or get in there and take care of the threat, before it becomes more than just that. I definitely believe that this is a credible threat and should be taken seriously.

  • Brandon Strong

    I think the U.S. should take initiative of the situation, and bomb them or get in there and take care of the threat, before it becomes more than just that. I definitely believe that this is a credible threat and should be taken seriously.

  • Alex Hansgen

    North Korea poses no threat to the US. I really don’t think a country that can’t even keep its lights on is a threat to one of the biggest super powers in the world. We also poses first strike capabilities. This threat is almost laughable. @rapoch

  • Alex Hansgen

    North Korea poses no threat to the US. I really don’t think a country that can’t even keep its lights on is a threat to one of the biggest super powers in the world. We also poses first strike capabilities. This threat is almost laughable. @rapoch

  • Bill

    Use a smart bomb on them NOW. Take out this little bugs compound NOW as an example before he kills Americans in Guam etc. There WILL be bloodshed as we sit waiting for THEM to kill people before Obama gets out form under the bed . STAND UP TO THIS BULLY NOW FOR GODS SAKE. WHERE ARE THE REAL MEN OF ACTION WHEN YOU NEED THEM . Teddy Roosevelt. Kennedy , Reagan ,they would not have taken this .We are a laughing stock as we get bullied by this psycho. Now we wait for him to nuke Japan , South Korea or Guam .

  • Bill

    Use a smart bomb on them NOW. Take out this little bugs compound NOW as an example before he kills Americans in Guam etc. There WILL be bloodshed as we sit waiting for THEM to kill people before Obama gets out form under the bed . STAND UP TO THIS BULLY NOW FOR GODS SAKE. WHERE ARE THE REAL MEN OF ACTION WHEN YOU NEED THEM . Teddy Roosevelt. Kennedy , Reagan ,they would not have taken this .We are a laughing stock as we get bullied by this psycho. Now we wait for him to nuke Japan , South Korea or Guam .

  • tony

    i honestly dont know about whats going to happen but in my opionion we are going to have a world war 3 within a couple years, we dont know what kind of defense or what kind of weapons that north korea has.i dont htink we should over react becuase, what if thats what north korea wants us to do so they can throw it all at uss all at one time…?????????

  • tony

    i honestly dont know about whats going to happen but in my opionion we are going to have a world war 3 within a couple years, we dont know what kind of defense or what kind of weapons that north korea has.i dont htink we should over react becuase, what if thats what north korea wants us to do so they can throw it all at uss all at one time…?????????

  • Jorge

    Bring it on korea…..were 2 strong 4 you

  • Jorge

    Bring it on korea…..were 2 strong 4 you

  • Axell

    I think that we should nuke them.

    • Manny Garcia

      but then they will nuke us in different states and cali is one of the states. Like they would nuke us in livermore and everyone will die here.

      • Axell

        well if we nuke them first they wont get us ;)

        • Manny Garcia

          we will act with not thinking they may be having a plan and don’t forget they have an alliance with china!!

  • Axell

    I think that we should nuke them.

    • Manny Garcia

      but then they will nuke us in different states and cali is one of the states. Like they would nuke us in livermore and everyone will die here.

      • Axell

        well if we nuke them first they wont get us ;)

        • Manny Garcia

          we will act with not thinking they may be having a plan and don’t forget they have an alliance with china!!

  • Manny Garcia

    I think that the U.S shouldn’t do anything because what if North Korea wants us to do something and then they have planed everything out. It would make us look like we just want to bomb everything. We should just wait until they act so then we can act but also we can be alert on what is happening in that country.

  • Manny Garcia

    I think that the U.S shouldn’t do anything because what if North Korea wants us to do something and then they have planed everything out. It would make us look like we just want to bomb everything. We should just wait until they act so then we can act but also we can be alert on what is happening in that country.

  • Madelyn

    I think we should be should be ready for anything that could happen. I dont think we should go do something now because if we attack them they make just destroy our army and when they really do something to attack the USA we wont have an big army to help protect us. So yea i think we should wait it out.

  • Madelyn

    I think we should be should be ready for anything that could happen. I dont think we should go do something now because if we attack them they make just destroy our army and when they really do something to attack the USA we wont have an big army to help protect us. So yea i think we should wait it out.

  • Lillian

    I think that we should try to negotiate with them because we dont seem that intimidating.

  • Lillian

    I think that we should try to negotiate with them because we dont seem that intimidating.

  • Nick

    I think that we should stay calm and not over react, because if we do North Korea will retaliate and that might start World War III. Any sudden movements would be bad in my opinion. #KQEDDoNow @rapoch

  • Nick

    I think that we should stay calm and not over react, because if we do North Korea will retaliate and that might start World War III. Any sudden movements would be bad in my opinion. #KQEDDoNow @rapoch

  • Jacob Hinckley

    Teach them a lesson in manners!

    • Jacob

      (and we shouldn’t risk letting them nuke the crap out of everything.)

  • Jacob Hinckley

    Teach them a lesson in manners!

    • Jacob

      (and we shouldn’t risk letting them nuke the crap out of everything.)

  • monica

    i think we should be ready incase anything happens also I think that we should try to negotiate with them because we dont seem that intimidating.

  • monica

    i think we should be ready incase anything happens also I think that we should try to negotiate with them because we dont seem that intimidating.

  • Hulk

    North Korea is not gonna bomb nobody…they don’t have a chance against us…we got guns bigger then their whole country! They ain’t ready.

  • Hulk

    North Korea is not gonna bomb nobody…they don’t have a chance against us…we got guns bigger then their whole country! They ain’t ready.

  • Anthony Sims

    I believe that we should negotiate with them because we all are people living on the same planet, we all should just come together as an alliances.

  • Anthony Sims

    I believe that we should negotiate with them because we all are people living on the same planet, we all should just come together as an alliances.

  • Bishop juice

    NORTH KOREA aint ready for us GBE will go up there and LIL BOOSIE we should shoot first ask question later

  • Bishop juice

    NORTH KOREA aint ready for us GBE will go up there and LIL BOOSIE we should shoot first ask question later

  • Karen

    North Korea needs to stop trippin’ because they have nothing compared to us. They are like this little people on this little farm and we are like the farmers.

  • Karen

    North Korea needs to stop trippin’ because they have nothing compared to us. They are like this little people on this little farm and we are like the farmers.

  • Jackie

    I think that the U.S. shouldn’t bomb N. Korea first because the Chinese might want to retaliate and start WW3.

  • Jackie

    I think that the U.S. shouldn’t bomb N. Korea first because the Chinese might want to retaliate and start WW3.

  • Charlie

    We Americans shouldn’t worry because North Korea does not have the nuclear weapons to do anything to us.

  • Charlie

    We Americans shouldn’t worry because North Korea does not have the nuclear weapons to do anything to us.

  • Ramon

    I think we as Americans should handle this through diplomacy with North Korea. War should be our last resort.

  • Ramon

    I think we as Americans should handle this through diplomacy with North Korea. War should be our last resort.

  • Jocelyn

    I think that North Korea isn’t strong enough to hurt us, so we should not worry too much.

  • Jocelyn

    I think that North Korea isn’t strong enough to hurt us, so we should not worry too much.

  • Savannah

    I think that we should not bomb because it might come back like karma to us.
    Moreover, if they were to bomb us then we should attack. I agree with Jackie that China might get involved.

  • Savannah

    I think that we should not bomb because it might come back like karma to us.
    Moreover, if they were to bomb us then we should attack. I agree with Jackie that China might get involved.

  • Jessi

    I think we should at least be prepared for the option for a attack. North Korea could attack the us, like in the past. The threats aren’t normally hallow. We should keep a watch out for what could happen.

  • Jessi

    I think we should at least be prepared for the option for a attack. North Korea could attack the us, like in the past. The threats aren’t normally hallow. We should keep a watch out for what could happen.

  • Landon

    I believe that North Korea is not fit to bomb the United States. If they even have the right technology it isn’t even close the what the U.S. has. They have just developed the right kind of bombs to even scare us but they are not near as powerful as what the U.S. has. I don’t think that North Korea is a big threat at all and the United States should keep an eye on them but not jump to conclusions.

  • Landon

    I believe that North Korea is not fit to bomb the United States. If they even have the right technology it isn’t even close the what the U.S. has. They have just developed the right kind of bombs to even scare us but they are not near as powerful as what the U.S. has. I don’t think that North Korea is a big threat at all and the United States should keep an eye on them but not jump to conclusions.

  • Tayler Arterburn

    Korea has made threats like this before so I don’t think we should take this to serious. But say if we do get attacked I think we should respond by bombing them. The U.S.A is a power house and we just can’t sit back and take it. But if we do something we need to watch out for china.

  • Tayler Arterburn

    Korea has made threats like this before so I don’t think we should take this to serious. But say if we do get attacked I think we should respond by bombing them. The U.S.A is a power house and we just can’t sit back and take it. But if we do something we need to watch out for china.

  • Steven Moore

    I believe that if we were to initiate an attack, the outcome wouldn’t be a pretty one. But I don’t believe taking precautionary measures towards North Korea’s threats would be a bad idea. While North Korea isn’t exactly credible, they are also probably capable of shooting long range missiles. Locking down, and gearing up, as far as our defenses go, is probably not a bad idea. But if The US were to undergo a pre-emptive strike, I feel as though it would be an unnecessary one. I fancy this thought because, in my opinion, over the years, North Korea has become a nation of all bark and no bite. They’ve never started anything before, and I don’t believe they will. What I do believe, is that North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jung Un, is trying to establish power. Now, North Korea being a very… Self contained, and shut off nation, has no idea what goes on, on the outside. For all they know, KJU has already destroyed America, and the whole western hemisphere. He could easily tell his people that, and they would think he’s the most powerful man in the world (not true). Anyways, I believe the point of the threat is to just get KJU’s people to believe he is an almighty dictator, a dictator stronger than the ones before him, and the ones after him, a dictator that can’t be defeated. But his threats, are just that. So no, I don’t believe taking the first move would result in a positive outcome. While I do believe, taking a defensive stand on the situation, will.

  • Steven Moore

    I believe that if we were to initiate an attack, the outcome wouldn’t be a pretty one. But I don’t believe taking precautionary measures towards North Korea’s threats would be a bad idea. While North Korea isn’t exactly credible, they are also probably capable of shooting long range missiles. Locking down, and gearing up, as far as our defenses go, is probably not a bad idea. But if The US were to undergo a pre-emptive strike, I feel as though it would be an unnecessary one. I fancy this thought because, in my opinion, over the years, North Korea has become a nation of all bark and no bite. They’ve never started anything before, and I don’t believe they will. What I do believe, is that North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jung Un, is trying to establish power. Now, North Korea being a very… Self contained, and shut off nation, has no idea what goes on, on the outside. For all they know, KJU has already destroyed America, and the whole western hemisphere. He could easily tell his people that, and they would think he’s the most powerful man in the world (not true). Anyways, I believe the point of the threat is to just get KJU’s people to believe he is an almighty dictator, a dictator stronger than the ones before him, and the ones after him, a dictator that can’t be defeated. But his threats, are just that. So no, I don’t believe taking the first move would result in a positive outcome. While I do believe, taking a defensive stand on the situation, will.

  • Matilyn P.

    Does North Korea have the capability to launch an attack? Yes. But will they? Probably not, there is little to no support on this idea. I think the U.S. is making a wise choice on putting a missile defense system in Guam, because there still is a possible chance of Kim Jong Un going against everything everybody is saying to him and launching an attack. Kim Jong Un is a very young guy and I don’t think he has been in charge long enough for him to make such a big decision. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/northkorea/index.html

  • Matilyn P.

    Does North Korea have the capability to launch an attack? Yes. But will they? Probably not, there is little to no support on this idea. I think the U.S. is making a wise choice on putting a missile defense system in Guam, because there still is a possible chance of Kim Jong Un going against everything everybody is saying to him and launching an attack. Kim Jong Un is a very young guy and I don’t think he has been in charge long enough for him to make such a big decision. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/northkorea/index.html

  • Caleb

    I feel like we should take precautionary measure to insure that if North Korea does attack we will be able to defend quickly and retaliate. As for attacking them first I think that is a bad idea due to the fact that they are Allies with China. Going into war with North Korea means we would be going to war with China and whoever else joins there side like what happend in WWI.

  • Caleb

    I feel like we should take precautionary measure to insure that if North Korea does attack we will be able to defend quickly and retaliate. As for attacking them first I think that is a bad idea due to the fact that they are Allies with China. Going into war with North Korea means we would be going to war with China and whoever else joins there side like what happend in WWI.

  • BenJay

    I think it would be stupid for north korea to bomb us, because we have a much stronger military than them. With much more technology and well trained personnel, but if they did. I think we should attack back.

  • BenJay

    I think it would be stupid for north korea to bomb us, because we have a much stronger military than them. With much more technology and well trained personnel, but if they did. I think we should attack back.

  • Tucker C.

    This guy doesn’t have half the support his father did. With China against him he has to know that it would be suicide. North Korea would soon disappear. Also, the threat is not as pressing as the media is conveying. The U.S. military has many tactics that would neutralize any real threat before it happened. The Bush presidency implemented many preemptive strike tactics through our military branches. Global thermonuclear war is diplomatic suicide too. If a nuclear weapon was launched, it would surely be taken out in flight. Also, at the time this is happening an army made of united allies from around the world would be closing in on North Korea, which would then be diplomatically alienated. On the mechanical side of things the threat is mute because the missles this guy would be able to get his hands on are going to be using the same trusting technology that the soviets used in The Cold War’s M11 missiles. They would be like giant zeppelins in the air with a big red target on them that read, “please shoot me.” This threat is just imprudent ranting by an Un-stable ruler. lol. Still like any potential threat, the military should keep it monitored in case Un gets irrational.

  • Tucker C.

    This guy doesn’t have half the support his father did. With China against him he has to know that it would be suicide. North Korea would soon disappear. Also, the threat is not as pressing as the media is conveying. The U.S. military has many tactics that would neutralize any real threat before it happened. The Bush presidency implemented many preemptive strike tactics through our military branches. Global thermonuclear war is diplomatic suicide too. If a nuclear weapon was launched, it would surely be taken out in flight. Also, at the time this is happening an army made of united allies from around the world would be closing in on North Korea, which would then be diplomatically alienated. On the mechanical side of things the threat is mute because the missles this guy would be able to get his hands on are going to be using the same trusting technology that the soviets used in The Cold War’s M11 missiles. They would be like giant zeppelins in the air with a big red target on them that read, “please shoot me.” This threat is just imprudent ranting by an Un-stable ruler. lol. Still like any potential threat, the military should keep it monitored in case Un gets irrational.

  • Kalee

    I don’t think it would be wise for the U.S. to attack North Korea first. They may be making threats but like most bullies they are all talk and no walk. However i do think that the U.S. needs to keep a big stick approach. One of Roosevelt’s famous quotes is, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. Meaning there is no need for us to be rude and loud about what we can or may do but we still need to be able to defend our country. This is where an awesome defense system comes in place. __http://www.howstuffworks.com/missile-defense.htm__
    America should still keep a peaceful attitude although we are very hated. We are the largest producers of nuclear power and can very obviously make some damage.
    __http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-T-Z/USA–Nuclear-Power/#.UWVjQUQZxT4___
    However we still need to keep that as a last resort. The U.S. is always being threatened, North Korea is looking for a fight-lets not be quick to act and wait until we wont be the bad guys in a war.

  • Kalee

    I don’t think it would be wise for the U.S. to attack North Korea first. They may be making threats but like most bullies they are all talk and no walk. However i do think that the U.S. needs to keep a big stick approach. One of Roosevelt’s famous quotes is, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. Meaning there is no need for us to be rude and loud about what we can or may do but we still need to be able to defend our country. This is where an awesome defense system comes in place. __http://www.howstuffworks.com/missile-defense.htm__
    America should still keep a peaceful attitude although we are very hated. We are the largest producers of nuclear power and can very obviously make some damage.
    __http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-T-Z/USA–Nuclear-Power/#.UWVjQUQZxT4___
    However we still need to keep that as a last resort. The U.S. is always being threatened, North Korea is looking for a fight-lets not be quick to act and wait until we wont be the bad guys in a war.

  • Megan

    I think that the U.S. should encourage China to attempt to reason with North Korea because, while the influence China has on North Korea may not be substantial, China does have the greatest influence over North Korea compared to any other country. I also think that the U.S. should encourage their allies such as Japan, China, and South Korea to band together and try to take care of the problem themselves, since they’re probably the ones in immediate danger. The U.S. should back up any plans of action formulated by its allies but still let them have control over the big decisions because the U.S. can’t take care of everything. The U.S. should worry more about the long term consequences than the short term because an immediate solution, such as a nuclear war, would hurt everyone in the long run.
    http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/04/08/seoul_food_for_thought

  • Megan

    I think that the U.S. should encourage China to attempt to reason with North Korea because, while the influence China has on North Korea may not be substantial, China does have the greatest influence over North Korea compared to any other country. I also think that the U.S. should encourage their allies such as Japan, China, and South Korea to band together and try to take care of the problem themselves, since they’re probably the ones in immediate danger. The U.S. should back up any plans of action formulated by its allies but still let them have control over the big decisions because the U.S. can’t take care of everything. The U.S. should worry more about the long term consequences than the short term because an immediate solution, such as a nuclear war, would hurt everyone in the long run.
    http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/04/08/seoul_food_for_thought

  • http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=67587 Josh

    I beleve we need to handle this situation very carefully. We can’t just go around doing what ever we feel like is best for the world. The government of N. Korea has been telling there people for years that america is a threat, and that we will attack them first. It is called populas control. Were the government makes you scared so you give them more power, and distract you from the real threat, like how lots of people in N. Korea are starving. Also, there are other governments that could get involved. If we don’t handle this situation very carefully, we could end up in world war 3. We also can’t let N. Korea think they can get away with this. We need to have troops on stand by though, if they do make good on their threats. I like how we have missile defence systems around that area. We have a lot of troops in S. Korea, so if they strike, we will be ready.

  • http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=67587 Josh

    I beleve we need to handle this situation very carefully. We can’t just go around doing what ever we feel like is best for the world. The government of N. Korea has been telling there people for years that america is a threat, and that we will attack them first. It is called populas control. Were the government makes you scared so you give them more power, and distract you from the real threat, like how lots of people in N. Korea are starving. Also, there are other governments that could get involved. If we don’t handle this situation very carefully, we could end up in world war 3. We also can’t let N. Korea think they can get away with this. We need to have troops on stand by though, if they do make good on their threats. I like how we have missile defence systems around that area. We have a lot of troops in S. Korea, so if they strike, we will be ready.

  • Cameron

    I think that it’s a very scary fact that North Korea could soon have or possibly do have nuclear capabilities. I think Kim Jung Un is crazy and I still don’t understand what we did to make him so angry. I still have faith that our military would be able to prevent or stop any attack on the United States.

  • Cameron

    I think that it’s a very scary fact that North Korea could soon have or possibly do have nuclear capabilities. I think Kim Jung Un is crazy and I still don’t understand what we did to make him so angry. I still have faith that our military would be able to prevent or stop any attack on the United States.

  • Jordan Sterling

    I think that the U.S. is doing the right thing in waiting for North Korea to attack before using action. Also preparing for a possible assault is good. I don’t see North Korea as a huge threat due to being a developing country and not having the military technology that we have. The only problem is the possibility of North Korea gaining allies, then it would become more of an issue than if just North Korea. If they gain allies, they could end up starting World War 3. If it’s just North Korea, I believe the U.S. can shut down any attack they try.

  • Jordan Sterling

    I think that the U.S. is doing the right thing in waiting for North Korea to attack before using action. Also preparing for a possible assault is good. I don’t see North Korea as a huge threat due to being a developing country and not having the military technology that we have. The only problem is the possibility of North Korea gaining allies, then it would become more of an issue than if just North Korea. If they gain allies, they could end up starting World War 3. If it’s just North Korea, I believe the U.S. can shut down any attack they try.

  • Theron Hardee

    I think that we should try to compromise because one nuclear attack would cause a domino affect for more nuclear attacks and would not be good

  • Theron Hardee

    I think that we should try to compromise because one nuclear attack would cause a domino affect for more nuclear attacks and would not be good

  • Waffles

    I am not really sure what to say because i can agree with of other people’s arguments. For example some say to attack first because North Korea is going to attack sooner or later but i also dont agree with the fact that the US would be the first one to attack, the one to really have started the war. I also agree that we shouldn’t take this as something that isn’t important because it is. We should just try to stop them from bombing us or their neighboring countries because that would be the start of something HUGE and North Korea would be the one losing everything.

  • Waffles

    I am not really sure what to say because i can agree with of other people’s arguments. For example some say to attack first because North Korea is going to attack sooner or later but i also dont agree with the fact that the US would be the first one to attack, the one to really have started the war. I also agree that we shouldn’t take this as something that isn’t important because it is. We should just try to stop them from bombing us or their neighboring countries because that would be the start of something HUGE and North Korea would be the one losing everything.

  • mason kent

    i think that we shouldnt live in fear or lose sleep over this because i dont think that north korea will do any thing i think that the new ruler is just trying to make his people like him more because hes not dumb enough to go to war with the us and china is not going to back him china and the us are too dependent on eachother to go to war

  • mason kent

    i think that we shouldnt live in fear or lose sleep over this because i dont think that north korea will do any thing i think that the new ruler is just trying to make his people like him more because hes not dumb enough to go to war with the us and china is not going to back him china and the us are too dependent on eachother to go to war

  • http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/northkorea/index.html Alyx

    I think North Korea has the capability of launching an attack but I don’t think they actually will. The United States in my opinion shouldn’t initiate it but should take precautionary measures. We should take in consideration that Korea has threatened us before and never did anything or just wasn’t powerful. Yeah they may have gotten smarter and better technology but not as good as the United States. I think we are more prepared and shouldn’t be taking this threat so serious because we have everything. The United States just needs to be prepared for anything while still continuing to make everything more advanced.

  • http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/northkorea/index.html Alyx

    I think North Korea has the capability of launching an attack but I don’t think they actually will. The United States in my opinion shouldn’t initiate it but should take precautionary measures. We should take in consideration that Korea has threatened us before and never did anything or just wasn’t powerful. Yeah they may have gotten smarter and better technology but not as good as the United States. I think we are more prepared and shouldn’t be taking this threat so serious because we have everything. The United States just needs to be prepared for anything while still continuing to make everything more advanced.

  • zack volsky

    i think we should prepare wait and see try a route that doesn’t involve launching a nuclear. the us should go through china to talk to north korea.

  • zack volsky

    i think we should prepare wait and see try a route that doesn’t involve launching a nuclear. the us should go through china to talk to north korea.

  • lindsey b

    North Korea has been giving threats to the U.S for years and they have never actually done anything that they say. Kim Jong Un has been all talk. Yes, i do think that we should at least prepare for it, just in case they ever did decide to take action and do what they threaten to do because one day they could strike at us and if we aren’t ready then the outcome would be way worse than if we were prepared. Now i don’t mean to strike them first and start a war, but just be ready. If you are dealing with leaders such as Kim Jong Un, then you can never be sure if he is telling the truth, or just bluffing in order to make himself seem like he has all of power to show where he stands. I don’t think that they are going to attack anytime soon because i also think that they know how much power we also have, but if they are bluffers, then you have to be ready for whatever hand they play.

  • lindsey b

    North Korea has been giving threats to the U.S for years and they have never actually done anything that they say. Kim Jong Un has been all talk. Yes, i do think that we should at least prepare for it, just in case they ever did decide to take action and do what they threaten to do because one day they could strike at us and if we aren’t ready then the outcome would be way worse than if we were prepared. Now i don’t mean to strike them first and start a war, but just be ready. If you are dealing with leaders such as Kim Jong Un, then you can never be sure if he is telling the truth, or just bluffing in order to make himself seem like he has all of power to show where he stands. I don’t think that they are going to attack anytime soon because i also think that they know how much power we also have, but if they are bluffers, then you have to be ready for whatever hand they play.

  • Brice

    I believe that the United States should be ready for anything North Korea throws at us. We aren’t invincible and we definitely should not act like we are. The US should take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the citizens, but we should not seem too eager to blow them off the map. We have allies and they have allies. We need to take a step back and be ready to act whenever North Korea tries to make a move. We shouldn’t over step our bounds, though.
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/u-working-escalate-north-korean-standoff-094001335–politics.html

  • Brice

    I believe that the United States should be ready for anything North Korea throws at us. We aren’t invincible and we definitely should not act like we are. The US should take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the citizens, but we should not seem too eager to blow them off the map. We have allies and they have allies. We need to take a step back and be ready to act whenever North Korea tries to make a move. We shouldn’t over step our bounds, though.
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/u-working-escalate-north-korean-standoff-094001335–politics.html

  • zack volsky

    the thing is we dont want to be the one to throw the first punch and start world war 3. i think if we wait long enough korea will cool down or china will see them as a raving lunatic and drop them. which would then quite possibly cause NK to collapse

  • zack volsky

    the thing is we dont want to be the one to throw the first punch and start world war 3. i think if we wait long enough korea will cool down or china will see them as a raving lunatic and drop them. which would then quite possibly cause NK to collapse

  • VictoriaT4 (West Jeff)

    I honestly do not think that the United States has to worry about the threats from North Korea. First of all, the United States is a powerful country and compared to North Korea, it does not even compare. Not only the size that the U.S. wins but also the technology that we have that would just crush the small unexperienced country North Korea is. The United States is capable of destroying the country of North Korea with just one nuclear bomb which we do have and have been working on for years. North Korea should also consider that they do not have many countries on their side besides China but what are the chances that China will get involved with this conflict? Even though no one has recently seen how powerful the United States weapons and bombs are, the world knows that we have something up our sleeve and they rather not want to get the taste of our medicine. So I believe that these threats North Korea are giving the U.S. are just stating that they are not afraid but I believe in reality they are because they just simply do not compare to the experience the U.S. has with war and our weapons.

  • VictoriaT4 (West Jeff)

    I honestly do not think that the United States has to worry about the threats from North Korea. First of all, the United States is a powerful country and compared to North Korea, it does not even compare. Not only the size that the U.S. wins but also the technology that we have that would just crush the small unexperienced country North Korea is. The United States is capable of destroying the country of North Korea with just one nuclear bomb which we do have and have been working on for years. North Korea should also consider that they do not have many countries on their side besides China but what are the chances that China will get involved with this conflict? Even though no one has recently seen how powerful the United States weapons and bombs are, the world knows that we have something up our sleeve and they rather not want to get the taste of our medicine. So I believe that these threats North Korea are giving the U.S. are just stating that they are not afraid but I believe in reality they are because they just simply do not compare to the experience the U.S. has with war and our weapons.

  • Kyanta

    I think the U.S. should stay prepared and be ready in case of an attack. Even though we’re not sure of how serious North Korea is about making the attack, we should still be aware and prepared. Having a missile defense system placed in Guam, I think, was smart.

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  • Kyanta

    I think the U.S. should stay prepared and be ready in case of an attack. Even though we’re not sure of how serious North Korea is about making the attack, we should still be aware and prepared. Having a missile defense system placed in Guam, I think, was smart.

    • Kyanta

      @rapoch

  • Courtney Young

    I do not think the United States has anything to worry about with the threths from North Korea.The United States is a big powrful place.We can destory countries and the United States hqs alot of. Bombs.The size of the United States doesnt even compare to North Korea.In my opinion we are very well prepared for something comming our wway.I dont think North Korea willdo anything

  • Courtney Young

    I do not think the United States has anything to worry about with the threths from North Korea.The United States is a big powrful place.We can destory countries and the United States hqs alot of. Bombs.The size of the United States doesnt even compare to North Korea.In my opinion we are very well prepared for something comming our wway.I dont think North Korea willdo anything

  • Thomas M

    I believe that North Korea wont do anything. They said Tuesday that they would fire missiles at the South and didnt. And if that did happen i believe it would result in full retaliation from the United States.

  • Thomas M

    I believe that North Korea wont do anything. They said Tuesday that they would fire missiles at the South and didnt. And if that did happen i believe it would result in full retaliation from the United States.

  • Cheyanna

    I don’t think that North Korea will attack. There just making threats to the United States to scare us, and plus if it did ever happen the United States would be ready and dominate North Korea with the ammunition that we have here. So the United States have nothing to worry about.

  • Cheyanna

    I don’t think that North Korea will attack. There just making threats to the United States to scare us, and plus if it did ever happen the United States would be ready and dominate North Korea with the ammunition that we have here. So the United States have nothing to worry about.

  • Kelli

    I think that before the U.S. gets involved with North Korea they need to make peace treaties with North Korea’s allies especially China, because if North Korea makes good on their threat or the U.S. acts too hastily then all the allies are going to become involved as well. The U.S. buys a lot of goods from China so both countries need each other but the U.S. is in a LOT of debt so they need to first make a peace treaty with China. All the alliances is what caused the first world war, once one country got involved their allies had to too. The last thing the world needs is another world war or a repeat of the Korean war.

  • Kelli

    I think that before the U.S. gets involved with North Korea they need to make peace treaties with North Korea’s allies especially China, because if North Korea makes good on their threat or the U.S. acts too hastily then all the allies are going to become involved as well. The U.S. buys a lot of goods from China so both countries need each other but the U.S. is in a LOT of debt so they need to first make a peace treaty with China. All the alliances is what caused the first world war, once one country got involved their allies had to too. The last thing the world needs is another world war or a repeat of the Korean war.

  • melissa

    I think that if the North Korean was gonna bomb us, then the United States is gonna fight back because of how many people they put in danger of the America. I really don’t want another war to happen again. lf it happen its gonna be world war three. I just hopefully don’t feel that they should bomb us because we never did anything at all. People in America today should not be worry about the treat until if it happens then you should be worry.

  • melissa

    I think that if the North Korean was gonna bomb us, then the United States is gonna fight back because of how many people they put in danger of the America. I really don’t want another war to happen again. lf it happen its gonna be world war three. I just hopefully don’t feel that they should bomb us because we never did anything at all. People in America today should not be worry about the treat until if it happens then you should be worry.

  • AndrewD4(westjeff)

    I think the USA should respond to to this threat by watching North Korea closely and if they make a wrong move we shoul launch a attack first to prevent any damage to us or anyone else. I feel like this because I don’t think we Should anyone be threatened by terrorist. I don’t think this is a really credible threat for the fact that North Korea is poor and can’t afford to launch a missle at us.

  • AndrewD4(westjeff)

    I think the USA should respond to to this threat by watching North Korea closely and if they make a wrong move we shoul launch a attack first to prevent any damage to us or anyone else. I feel like this because I don’t think we Should anyone be threatened by terrorist. I don’t think this is a really credible threat for the fact that North Korea is poor and can’t afford to launch a missle at us.

  • Randal R

    North Korea has a million man army and South Korea has 30,000 korean troops and 30,000 U.S. troops stationed there. I really don’t think we should do anything just yet, and if North Korea makes the first move, our navy can destroy there missle while it’s soaring over the ocean blue.

  • Randal R

    North Korea has a million man army and South Korea has 30,000 korean troops and 30,000 U.S. troops stationed there. I really don’t think we should do anything just yet, and if North Korea makes the first move, our navy can destroy there missle while it’s soaring over the ocean blue.

  • MariahT4 (WestJeff)

    China will not go to war with us. Their economy would be utterly devastated if they did so. Not to mention the very real possibility of losing badly to the USA. It’s best to play it cool when in a position of strength. A White House spokesman can simply state something to the effect that “regarding North Korea’s threat to attack our territory and destroy South Korea, our official response is, ‘We shall see.” The North Korean leadership would twist itself into knots figuring out what that meant, and it’s a hell of a lot more ominous than, “Oh yeah, we’ll bomb you back!” I believe the threat is to just get KJU’s people to believe he is an almighty dictator, a dictator stronger than any dictator known. I don’t think that they are going to attack anytime soon if they even attack the USA. I don’t believe taking the first move would result in a positive outcome.

  • MariahT4 (WestJeff)

    China will not go to war with us. Their economy would be utterly devastated if they did so. Not to mention the very real possibility of losing badly to the USA. It’s best to play it cool when in a position of strength. A White House spokesman can simply state something to the effect that “regarding North Korea’s threat to attack our territory and destroy South Korea, our official response is, ‘We shall see.” The North Korean leadership would twist itself into knots figuring out what that meant, and it’s a hell of a lot more ominous than, “Oh yeah, we’ll bomb you back!” I believe the threat is to just get KJU’s people to believe he is an almighty dictator, a dictator stronger than any dictator known. I don’t think that they are going to attack anytime soon if they even attack the USA. I don’t believe taking the first move would result in a positive outcome.

  • mia h. (4th west jefferson)

    I think we as country are already responding correctly by sending troops to Guam to show N. Korea that we will take action against their unanimous decision. Some may argue by China being an Allie we are putting our selfs in harms way because of our endeavorers with China, but that isn’t the case. China is even astonished to the fact that N. Korea would declare such a thing as this and like the rest of the world is getting fed up with N.Korea’s over the top decisions as of recently. With the backing of the United Nations i solely believe that this topic is totally in our favor.

  • mia h. (4th west jefferson)

    I think we as country are already responding correctly by sending troops to Guam to show N. Korea that we will take action against their unanimous decision. Some may argue by China being an Allie we are putting our selfs in harms way because of our endeavorers with China, but that isn’t the case. China is even astonished to the fact that N. Korea would declare such a thing as this and like the rest of the world is getting fed up with N.Korea’s over the top decisions as of recently. With the backing of the United Nations i solely believe that this topic is totally in our favor.

  • Courtney Y1 (West Jeff)

    I do not think the United States has anything to worry about with the threths from North Korea.The United States is a big powrful place.We can destory countries and the United States hqs alot of. Bombs.The size of the United States doesnt even compare to North Korea.In my opinion we are very well prepared for something comming our wway.I dont think North Korea will go any further than the bomb threats

  • Courtney Y1 (West Jeff)

    I do not think the United States has anything to worry about with the threths from North Korea.The United States is a big powrful place.We can destory countries and the United States hqs alot of. Bombs.The size of the United States doesnt even compare to North Korea.In my opinion we are very well prepared for something comming our wway.I dont think North Korea will go any further than the bomb threats

  • trololol

    Unless the new leader kim jong un is completely nuts he will not attack the us or any allies america has many friends that would help them it is more lightly than not just propaaganda to make the north koreans look big

  • trololol

    Unless the new leader kim jong un is completely nuts he will not attack the us or any allies america has many friends that would help them it is more lightly than not just propaaganda to make the north koreans look big

  • Clara

    I think it’s a good idea to be prepared for anything. North Korea is being unpredictable, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/04/14/the-ultimate-north-korean-missile-threat-to-america-a-nuke-power-grid-attack/

  • Clara

    I think it’s a good idea to be prepared for anything. North Korea is being unpredictable, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/04/14/the-ultimate-north-korean-missile-threat-to-america-a-nuke-power-grid-attack/

  • Sabiha

    Although the rhetoric we’ve been hearing from North Korea is familiar and meant, first and foremost, to cause panic, every threat received should be taken seriously. North Korea’s capability to reach the United States may be questionable, but they have a clear shot towards South Korea, Japan, and Guam. It is in our best interest to take caution to protect our interests; there are more than 28,000 US military personnel based in South Korea, another 40,000 in Japan and a large military base in Guam. (BBC) Also, if Japan is hit, we are obliged to defend it due to post WWII security alliances between the US and Tokyo. There is more than one way we could be brought into the threads of war, and until North Korea backs off of their threats once again, an advanced missile defense system in Guam seems entirely necessary to protect others as well as ourselves.

  • Sabiha

    Although the rhetoric we’ve been hearing from North Korea is familiar and meant, first and foremost, to cause panic, every threat received should be taken seriously. North Korea’s capability to reach the United States may be questionable, but they have a clear shot towards South Korea, Japan, and Guam. It is in our best interest to take caution to protect our interests; there are more than 28,000 US military personnel based in South Korea, another 40,000 in Japan and a large military base in Guam. (BBC) Also, if Japan is hit, we are obliged to defend it due to post WWII security alliances between the US and Tokyo. There is more than one way we could be brought into the threads of war, and until North Korea backs off of their threats once again, an advanced missile defense system in Guam seems entirely necessary to protect others as well as ourselves.

  • Izzy

    The United States should not act rashly. Attacking the U.S. is essentially a suicide mission, therefore, at this point in time, an attack seems highly unlikely. Although we should be prepared for attack, there is no rational reason for initiating an attack in response to a likely empty threat. In sending troops to Guam, we have shown our commitment to the issue without overstepping. The U.S. should proceed with caution, but folks need to remember the threat of nuclear attack is a constant – though albeit this one is particularly daunting considering history.

    • Abbie McGill

      it’s like the “massive retaliation” used in post world war 2 america; north korea can threaten the US, but they have relatively inferior nuclear missels and weapons and the US could respond with exponentially more powerful and harmful nuclear power.

  • Izzy

    The United States should not act rashly. Attacking the U.S. is essentially a suicide mission, therefore, at this point in time, an attack seems highly unlikely. Although we should be prepared for attack, there is no rational reason for initiating an attack in response to a likely empty threat. In sending troops to Guam, we have shown our commitment to the issue without overstepping. The U.S. should proceed with caution, but folks need to remember the threat of nuclear attack is a constant – though albeit this one is particularly daunting considering history.

    • Abbie McGill

      it’s like the “massive retaliation” used in post world war 2 america; north korea can threaten the US, but they have relatively inferior nuclear missels and weapons and the US could respond with exponentially more powerful and harmful nuclear power.

  • Nick M

    We can’t ignore the potential for North Korea’s threat to become a reality, but at the same time, we do not want to enter a war if it is unavoidable. Despite the propaganda and multiple threats, North Korea’s government knows exactly how powerful the U.S. and our allies are, and would not attack without the ability to put up a fight. As North Korea currently sits, it is in no position to match the United States military force, and though it continues to expand, still has a long way to go before it can launch a successful attack. Nevertheless, it is important that we help to ensure the safety of South Korea as well as our own citizens, but we must remain on the defensive until there is any real threat to fight back.

  • Nick M

    We can’t ignore the potential for North Korea’s threat to become a reality, but at the same time, we do not want to enter a war if it is unavoidable. Despite the propaganda and multiple threats, North Korea’s government knows exactly how powerful the U.S. and our allies are, and would not attack without the ability to put up a fight. As North Korea currently sits, it is in no position to match the United States military force, and though it continues to expand, still has a long way to go before it can launch a successful attack. Nevertheless, it is important that we help to ensure the safety of South Korea as well as our own citizens, but we must remain on the defensive until there is any real threat to fight back.

  • T Mark

    I agree with Izzy. I think we should not overstep boundaries and scare North Korea into attacking suddenly. I agree it was smart to send troops to Guam and I think we should place troops (if anywhere) in places where they can ensure the safety of South Korea and other exposed and endangered countries. If we can get troops to support our allies in East Asia without scaring North Korea we should do so. North Korea is most likely posing an idle threat with no intention to follow through, so we should be careful and not tread too far past our own territory.

  • T Mark

    I agree with Izzy. I think we should not overstep boundaries and scare North Korea into attacking suddenly. I agree it was smart to send troops to Guam and I think we should place troops (if anywhere) in places where they can ensure the safety of South Korea and other exposed and endangered countries. If we can get troops to support our allies in East Asia without scaring North Korea we should do so. North Korea is most likely posing an idle threat with no intention to follow through, so we should be careful and not tread too far past our own territory.

  • Abbie McGill

    Because of the delicacy of the situation, the US must act with caution. The United States has exponentially more nuclear weapons and warheads than North Korea, but that would have little benefit if North Korea were to successfully launch the first missel. Also, because the US is a world power, we have so many other world powers who would defend our borders and other countries who have economical, political, and moral obligations to step in in the event of a war between North Korea and the US. Kim Jong Un is extremely unstable and unpredictable, making the situation difficult to handle; the best move the US can make right now would be to not over look North Korean threats, but also to show a small level of aggression, showing Kim Jong Un the US will not back down and allow for this relatively inferior power to manipulate a world power.

  • Abbie McGill

    Because of the delicacy of the situation, the US must act with caution. The United States has exponentially more nuclear weapons and warheads than North Korea, but that would have little benefit if North Korea were to successfully launch the first missel. Also, because the US is a world power, we have so many other world powers who would defend our borders and other countries who have economical, political, and moral obligations to step in in the event of a war between North Korea and the US. Kim Jong Un is extremely unstable and unpredictable, making the situation difficult to handle; the best move the US can make right now would be to not over look North Korean threats, but also to show a small level of aggression, showing Kim Jong Un the US will not back down and allow for this relatively inferior power to manipulate a world power.

  • JM

    I do not think that North Korea is in a position to begin a conflict right now. With most of the international community opposing their actions, they could not make any act of violence without a worldwide response against them. While they do pose a threat to the peace on the Korean Peninsula, (and that entire area), I don’t think that a military response would be the best way to resolve this problem at this time. It may eventually be necessary, but any military action taken against them now would just result in that whole area breaking into open conflict, resulting in lots of death that could potentially be averted.

  • JM

    I do not think that North Korea is in a position to begin a conflict right now. With most of the international community opposing their actions, they could not make any act of violence without a worldwide response against them. While they do pose a threat to the peace on the Korean Peninsula, (and that entire area), I don’t think that a military response would be the best way to resolve this problem at this time. It may eventually be necessary, but any military action taken against them now would just result in that whole area breaking into open conflict, resulting in lots of death that could potentially be averted.

  • Daniel

    I don’t believe that North Korea has the resources, nor the supply to go to war with a country like the United States, with its vast alliances, and more advanced weaponry than most other countries. The fact is North Korea has just recently, within recent months gained sufficient technology in weaponry to even have a long range missile that is functional, much less one that can be used as a nuclear warhead. Therefore they are still a ways away from having a functional missile that can cause mass death in the united states. Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that only one country has ever wiped out a large number of people with a lethal missile of nuclear or atomic proportions, and that is the united states. Therefore the United States has been the only country to prove they aren’t afraid to unleash these technologies on a foreign country, and the US probably isn’t afraid to do the same again. therefore I don’t think that North Korea is completely serious about their threats toward the US.

  • Daniel

    I don’t believe that North Korea has the resources, nor the supply to go to war with a country like the United States, with its vast alliances, and more advanced weaponry than most other countries. The fact is North Korea has just recently, within recent months gained sufficient technology in weaponry to even have a long range missile that is functional, much less one that can be used as a nuclear warhead. Therefore they are still a ways away from having a functional missile that can cause mass death in the united states. Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that only one country has ever wiped out a large number of people with a lethal missile of nuclear or atomic proportions, and that is the united states. Therefore the United States has been the only country to prove they aren’t afraid to unleash these technologies on a foreign country, and the US probably isn’t afraid to do the same again. therefore I don’t think that North Korea is completely serious about their threats toward the US.

  • Alex M

    While North Korea doesn’t have missiles that can reach the United States, this threat still needs to be treated seriously. Threat of a nuclear attack is nothing to be taken lightly, even if it seems they are just blowing smoke. Even if their nuclear missiles can not reach the U.S. right now, it’s a possibility they are only several years away. We have already moved missile defense systems in place just in case, but we also need to make sure North Korea knows that war isn’t what the U.S. (and most every other country) wants. A nuclear strike on almost any country could potentially start World War III. We need to stay in contact with North Korea, and clearly communicate, without hostility, that we do not want to go to war with them. If a nuke hit America, it would be more devastating than any terrorist attack we have had. We would likely win a war against North Korea, but our best course of action is to make sure it’s clear we don’t want war at all.

  • Alex M

    While North Korea doesn’t have missiles that can reach the United States, this threat still needs to be treated seriously. Threat of a nuclear attack is nothing to be taken lightly, even if it seems they are just blowing smoke. Even if their nuclear missiles can not reach the U.S. right now, it’s a possibility they are only several years away. We have already moved missile defense systems in place just in case, but we also need to make sure North Korea knows that war isn’t what the U.S. (and most every other country) wants. A nuclear strike on almost any country could potentially start World War III. We need to stay in contact with North Korea, and clearly communicate, without hostility, that we do not want to go to war with them. If a nuke hit America, it would be more devastating than any terrorist attack we have had. We would likely win a war against North Korea, but our best course of action is to make sure it’s clear we don’t want war at all.