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  • North Korean Missile Launch Demands Strong U.S. Response

    North Korea will defy international pressure and launch its Unha-3 missile, perhaps as early as Wednesday night (Washington, D.C., time). Despite Pyongyang’s characterization of the forthcoming launch as that of a peaceful civilian satellite, it would clearly violate U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolutions that preclude “any launch using ballistic missile technology.”

    As such, the United States should press for another UNSC condemnatory statement that closes existing loopholes and imposes additional sanctions. Washington must make clear to Beijing that continuing to obstruct a resolute international response will only engender more North Korean belligerence and a stronger allied response—neither of which is in China’s strategic interests.

    Escalating tensions from Pyongyang’s missile launch and a likely follow-on nuclear test could even spur North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to undertake more provocative military actions. The new, untested dictator is more likely than his father Kim Jong-il to miscalculate during a crisis and stumble across a redline, unaware that Seoul is more likely to retaliate to a military clash than in the past.

    All of this could occur even as the United States fails to adequately resource the much-vaunted Asia pivot. Drawdowns in U.S. forces in Europe and Afghanistan are not shifting to address growing Asian threats—a case of robbing Peter to not pay Paul. The planned $1 trillion cuts to the U.S. military would undercut Washington’s ability to fulfill its security commitments, even as North Korea and China are acting more assertively.

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    3 Responses to North Korean Missile Launch Demands Strong U.S. Response

    1. richard miller says:

      dangerous situation with this happaing…..a young inexpeirence dictator…. .http://youtu.be/3MzVRYFyP3g

    2. HopefullEagle says:

      Every picture I have seen of this missile looks like it is not set up perfectly vertical. Maybe that's on purpose. Maybe it's an optical illusion. Maybe not. Maybe it will blow up on the launch pad.

    3. Does anybody in their right mind even think that the north koreans will "NOT" go ahead with this test. These people are laughing at the United States and especially our president. The north koreans will expect, or rather, demand that the united nations (US) continue to send the care packages to keep them alive, but see nothing wrong with their missile program. And as far as our president doing anything, what a laugh. He will huff and puff and tell them to stop this right now. Then back on the campaign trail for some more publicity pictures by the state owned news media, to send out to the folks he has bought and paid for. This administration is going to get us in real trouble.

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