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12/20/2012 10:04:00 PM
Editorial: North Korea threat is no joking matter

Eight months ago, North Korea conducted another in a series of failed missile launches. That familiar flop provided welcome comic relief from the ominous endurance - and belligerence - of a Stalinist dynasty, which has been threatening its neighbors and starving its own people for more than half a century.

Five months ago, dancers in Disney costumes (without that company's approval, of course) entertained Kim Jong Un, who became North Korea's dictator after his "Fearless Leader" dad Kim Jong Il died late last year, according to the Associated Press. That bizarre spectacle also was funny in a twisted way.

But last week, North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket was no laughing matter. Simply put, it appears the rogue nation's missile program is no longer a Mickey Mouse operation.

North Korean officials insist that the purpose of the launch was peaceful - to put a satellite in orbit. Yet missile experts correctly point out that the technology for that task matches the technology for launching long-range armed missiles.

As Professor Andrei Lankov, a Korean studies specialist at South Korea's Kookmin University, put it in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times: "The North Koreans will continue to develop their missile and nuclear technology and, eventually, whether it takes 10 years or 20, they will have a reliable ICBM with nuclear warheads."

ICBM stands for intercontinental ballistic missile - as in a missile that could menace not just South Korea and Japan but also America's West Coast.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor aptly condemned the launch as "a highly provocative act," the AP reported.

Clearly, the U.S. must keep trying to form a more united front against this ascending menace, even as it works to curb the nuclear ambitions of a confrontational Iran.

Meanwhile, North Korea is all too relentlessly shifting from occasionally amusing to increasingly alarming.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: So What

They the (North Korea) must not care about there cabon foot print and Global warming! Dam Ronald Ragan for defeting the U. S. S. R.

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Dear Mr. Dean

You don't seem to be commenting from a basis of reality. The U.S. can destroy any country on any given day, actually, they could do it in a morning, if they were a threat. North Korea and Iran, the latest boogey man countries, can certainly mess up their areas, but they are not a threat to the mainland U.S.A. So please folks calm down. Neither China nor Russia nor Iran nor North Korea will not attack the U.S.A., period, they are rational countries and they don't want to leave the earth for the thrill of pricking us.

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Gary Dean

To those of you that think North Korea is not a threat. Do you have any idea why the U.S. has had a military presence there for over 60 years. I was just a kid when that military action started, but remember the horrific stories told from men returning from Korea. But, just bury your head in the sand,and wait.
In my personal opinion, it will be either the MidEast countries, or Korea that will begin the end of the world as we know it.


Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: a bc

What, did you just go see the new Red Dawn movie? Hint - It's not a documentary.
Wolverines!


Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Democracy is a natural force

Hey, we should treat our new friends to the generosity they need. Just wrap the food supplies in the color food adds from S. Korea. Set up cell sites from S. Korea that cover the large populated areas, and drop the entire web and communication technology on them. The more reason to set up trade or diplomatic mission, the more opportunity to for the real world to flow. Cell phones and computers are big smuggling items across their Chinese border. The mistake is isolation and punitive actions, you can't subvert the dictator's unless you get close to the people.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Most countries that do this just want to deter potential invaders. They're not just going to nuke Los Angeles because they feel like it.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Common Senzi

Bwa ha ha ha.. in 10 years the entire country will have starved to death.

Of all the threats out there, I'm least afraid of North Korea.

I'm much more afraid of the military industrial complex bankrupting the country and turning it into a second world backwater.


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Editor Are you Serious?

North Korea is not now, nor will it ever be a threat to the U.S. This is truly getting embarrasing.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: bob grant

as harsh as it would be,stop the supply of food to NKoreas people,it would take time but Kims family would be done!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: so sad

The name calling and hate will bring down this country faster then the big flash sad that it's easy to be negative about everything try to be a little positive.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

America continues to posture and condemn action by Communist North Korea without result. We know Communist China "likes" N Korea as a buffer with the rest of Asia and the USA. Obama needs to hold Red China responsible for N Korea's actions but don't hold your breath.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: J. Sharon

Some day we may actually elect something besides eunuchs to lead our government in Wasgington. For the time being, stay alert for the very bright, blinding flash that will signal the end of this once great country. After the devastation, the eunuchs in Washington will begin patronizing those who sent the devastation in order to be reasonable and avoid any further conflict. Or, we could toast them now.



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