Source: U.S. Department of Defense
quote: In retaliation, North Korea would cease to exist as the country it is today and the government there knows that it would be the end for them. We know that, and they know that we know that. That's why they'll never actually carry out a nuclear attack on South Korea or anywhere else, regardless of all the threats.
quote: The only issue with this is the leader doesn't seam to be level headed. He wants us to back down, so he can say to his people he won, but in reality it is his people that will lose.
quote: have nevertheless detonated nuclear devices and successfully launched missiles, so to dismiss them as too incompetent to combine the two, is totally unrealistic.
quote: Guam -- 2,000 away from the hostile Asian dictatorship...
quote: More importantly, if the US keep on escalating the conflict with North Korea
quote: The threat is the latest in a series of jabs between the U.S. and the defiant Asian military dictatorship. Following its decision to scrap the armistice, the U.S. conducted war games in SK. NK responded by cutting a key phone line used as one of the only diplomatic channels between the North and the South. In an apparent response to the line cutting, the U.S. proceeded with a test of B-2 Spirit stealth bombers over North Korea, which according to U.S. Forces Korea "demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will."
quote: Letting your Airforce enter the Airspace of an enemy country isn't exactly known as softspoken diplomacy. The above chain of events is the exact definition of an escalation, whenever NK barks, the US and SK bark back. Because everybody knows that the best way to react to a idiot waving his gun angrily is to wave your own gun angrily back at him.