House Homeland Security member: North Korea not bluffing

House Homeland Security member: North Korea not bluffing

POSTED: Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 12:40pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 9:30am

House Homeland Security Committee member Peter King said Sunday that the recent provocative, warmongering rhetoric out of North Korea is no "empty threat."

He qualified that by explaining he does not fear the North launching a successful attack on the U.S. mainland, but is concerned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "is trying to establish himself ... trying to be the tough guy," and may "box himself in" and need to display some level of military might.

"My concern would be that he may feel to save face he has to launch some sort of attack on South Korea, or some base in the Pacific," King, R-New York, said on ABC's "This Week."

North Korea has ratcheted up its rhetoric in recent weeks, declaring the armistice keeping the peace between it and the South to be null, distributing a photo with a "plan for the strategic forces to target mainland U.S.," and on Saturday announcing it was entering a "state of war" with its neighbor.

Despite that and posts on the country's state-run news agency blaring headlines such as "Nuclear War to Be Conducted on Korean Peninsula," a U.S. official said late Friday, "We have no indications at this point that it's anything more than warmongering rhetoric."

"It's sort of like an organized crime family running a territory," King said. "He's brutal, his father is brutal, his grandfather was brutal."

The congressman said he doesn't "see any purpose" in President Barack Obama speaking by phone with the young leader, who assumed control of the country after his father's death in December 2011. Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman visited the country earlier this month and said afterward Kim was interested in speaking with Obama.

The U.S. and North Korea do not have diplomatic ties but have negotiated in multiparty talks over the country's nuclear weapons program and occasionally exchange messages through diplomatic intermediaries.

In response to the North's latest rhetoric, the Obama administration increased its military capacity on the U.S. West Coast and conducted training exercises with South Korea, where nearly 30,000 U.S. troops are stationed.

Ed Gillespie, former senior adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said the administration made a "sensible reaction."

"I think in addition to that, it would be good for the administration to not only bolster our own missile defense, but to support Japan and South Korea with missile defense," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "They are nervous, understandably, and I think doing anything - everything we can to reassure them would be helpful. And obviously, you know, trying to get China to engage in their own region in a way that would be helpful, I think, with Kim Jong Un would be important, too."

King suggested the players are nervous because Kim may feel he has no alternative but to continue upping his threats or lash out.

"He is 28, 29 years old, and he keeps going further and further out, and I don't know if he can get himself back in," King said.

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Sorry, but if the U.S. goes to Korea, Iran, or anywhere else threatening the U.S.A. they better be carrying nukes and plan on using them, because #1 we can't afford even a 30 day war and #2 if we don't quit showing weakness like we have ever since Kennedy was killed and let the world know that the U.S.A. will not tolerate threats, attacks, or any other B.S. from anyone, any nation, or any country and is a force to be reckoned with, second to none. But our current government has got to go first.

Well maybe they will get gold. We did so much free stuff for Iraq and Afghanistan it's time we get paid.

Speaking of that, I like Rick Perry's demand we get our Texas gold BACK from the feds, that is if it really is still there.

This is what you get from kicking the can down the road from administration to administration.

Sadly we forgot the most important lesson from World War 2. That is WIN. We did this 'armistice' thing and didn't WIN IT. Then we kept kicking the can down the road as NK made more and more threats, told more and more lies, and broke every agreement we ever made to them.

Well time is about to run out (and in Iran to.)

This time if war comes.. WIN!

Deaf, this is what you get when South Korea goes south on the US dollar. Outside of the fed res and the euro central bank much pressure has been placed on the dollar. Govt's which no longer accept the paper have been the target of our military such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, and threats to Iran. Nations trading gold for oil with Iran like S. Korea have also been coersed. S. Korea finds itself in need of US protection from N. Korea; any guess what the US will demand to offer it's military again?

Don't expect any truth from our media. We don't fight wars to defeat "evil dictators", a childs concept, we fight to preserve our economy from a world that no longer accepts the dollar as having tangible value. 17 trillion in debt, nobody buys our debt anymore which is why the fed res is monetizing (printing worthless paper) all debt. Here is a beginning to your research of the truth

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