questionswhat are your thoughts on north korea?

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While I see some humor in the things that happen (over and over again), having a lunatic with access to some of the stuff they have can't be good for anyone.

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Without a major interaction or change, North Korea will start a nuclear war within 10 years. It's going to be an interesting next few years to say the least.

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The leader is besties with Dennis Rodman...that says enough.

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The North Koreans lack the ability to project power beyond their immediate area, so you don't have to worry about them invading the U.S. The ChiComs are another story, but that is for another day.

However, they have plenty of force to use on the Korean peninsula. If they decided to invade the South they have enough conventional fixed tube artillery to flatten everything within 10 or so miles of the DMZ, no problem. Their standing army is huge, so there is no doubt that the first few days of a second Korean war would be interesting, to say the least. As to what happens after that is anybody's guess.

The question remains as to what will happen first: a total collapse of the North Korean society or the second war. Sending humanitarian aid is just kicking the can down the road a bit more.

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I'm not so much concerned about life here in the Midwest, but 2 of my brothers, my sister-in-law, and my niece live in Seoul. When we visited SK in 2011 (pre-niece) my parents and I took a DMZ tour that included the Third Tunnel of Aggression. Its exit (our entrance) is only 44 km/27 mi from Seoul. Only 4 tunnels have been discovered, but it is believed there could be over 20. I don't think that invasion from NK is what the tour guides mean they say that the hope of many is for a reunified Korea.

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From what I can tell, North Korea and Iran are both 90% hot air.

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N Korea is a welfare state dependent on outside states for it's continued existence and to get money, food etc. the N Koreans blackmails the world. What should we do, I don't know but with nuclear weapons in N Korea we have to do something and paying them off is no longer a viable option.

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@wilfbrim: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2262/1
They launched a satellite into space = intercontinental missile soon?

Unless I am missing something.

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Here is my thought: They are currently backing themselves into a corner where they will have to either do something or have somebody come to their defense on the world stage. While they have acted somewhat like they are acting now in the past, not many times has it happened so quickly and has so much been said in the short period of time. If they do something, then there is going to be quite a mess and people will lose their lives; you can say what you want about DPRK, but even if their missiles do have lower accuracy, they are just as lethal for the many Americans and US allies nearby.

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Red dawn? no. WWIII? yes. That short & fat little chia pet may go too far, forcing a response from south korea, forcing stronger action from the north. The the US gets more involved and China jumps onboard with the north. (China has quite a few people in N. Korea, if they get killed in a US/S. Korean response to the North's actions, China may HAVE to reply with military action. Just remember that WW1 was caused by the assassination of an insignificant arch-duke.

It's also worth remembering that Korea is still a war-zone, the Korean war never ended, they simply agreed on a ceasefire. For the last 50+ years they've still been digging freeway sized tunnels under the border with pre-positioned tanks and armored personnel carriers ready to erupt south of the DMZ with just minutes' notice. They've occasionally killed S. Korean military personnel and civilians with artillery and snipers, sunk S Korean and Japanese fishing boats, sent spec-ops forces over the border, and kidnapped foreigners

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The North routinely stages air-raid drills for their people, and afterwards they tell them it was a real US attack, and that they shot down all the attacking US planes.

While they are still probably a few years away from having the expertise to mount a nuke on a missile, they could easily put it on a fishing boat and sail it into a South Korean harbor. Remember that the main cause for concern is WHO is really in charge i the North, and are the people in charge really SANE?

If your neighbor has been behaving aggressively and gradually appearing to lose their sanity over a few decades, are you going to be concerned when they start pointing more and more powerful weapons out their window at YOUR house?

As for the recent remake of Red Dawn, that was originally supposed to depict a Chinese attack, but it was decided that offending the Chinese was a bad idea, so it was changed to N. Korea in the movie. It is kind of disturbing that major US companies are afraid of offending China.

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Not much difference between N Korea and China in that China is the Big brother/neighbor who more or less has veto power in N Korea. This means that N Korea will not do things without approval from China. China is not our friend but it is also not directly our enemy.