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U.S., Japan agree to expand North Korea sanctions

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Because it's always worked well in the past... right?

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Why weren't these enacted before?

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Because it's always worked well in the past... right?

Yeah. NK hasn't invaded any countries since the Korean war, and other countries haven't had to invade North Korea, so it has been working quite well.

Unless your goal is war of course. Then yeah, it hasn't been working, and it's time to start beating the war drums.

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Yeah. NK hasn't invaded any countries since the Korean war, and other countries haven't had to invade North Korea, so it has been working quite well.

When the goal is continually said to be NK dropping their nuclear development, and with NK continually pursuing their nuclear program... I disagree. However... it has amounted to no military action from the US or anyone else thus far. I still wonder how long it will be before that happens.

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While I don't like the idea of NK having nukes, I can understand why they'd want them. As a tiny country consistently being threatened by the US, mutually assured destruction is the only method they have of protecting themselves from US invasion. Using them would result in the destruction of NK though, so it's not like they would use them unless they were being invaded.

And invasion by the US is a very real possibility.

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I agree with you there. That's why I think the sanctions are a joke... just a cover to delay the inevitable. Shades of Iraq. I'd actually like to see some support/aid for NK but at the same time the leadership makes it almost impossible.

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And invasion by the US is a very real possibility.

well, in the pudgy Un's imagination, maybe. And your, apparently. But with Seoul in the crosshairs of all that NK artillery I don't thing anybody is going to invade NK.

Now if the third fatty wanted to invade the south but needed to take out the forces in Okinawa, Japan, and Guam that would oppose him some nukes would be very useful.

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well, in the pudgy Un's imagination, maybe. And your, apparently.

And in, you know, reality. Don't believe me? Ask the next Iraqi you meet about their thoughts on the matter.

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Japan is only a potential target because American bases are here. if they stop their occupation of 3% of Japan and move their bases to Guam, Hawaii and other american islands, a whole nation of 120million can live in peace without stress.

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Japan is not a target merely due to the presence of U.S. bases. North Korea has always had it in for Japan since their establishment due to the what happened prior to WW2.

Some think a U.S. invasion is a real possibility. I think it is. I also think there is a real possibility North Korea will strike Japan or the U.S. with biological, chemical, or possibly nuclear weapons as well. Kim is unhinged and the Kim family has been screwing over the NK population for decades (as their bellies grow bigger the population continues to starve).

Yes, Iraq was wrong, however NK is a different animal altogether.

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The crucial problem is all sanctions only increase the suffering of the North Korean people on the streets, not the ruing criminals. To kill a snake one should cut off its head from its body.

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Increased sanctions?

Does this mean that the Japanese yakuza are going to stop importing North Korean crystal meth?

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Another handshake? Did Abe give that constipated look again when his hand was finally released?

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" Goodlucktoyou Today 08:49 am JST

Japan is only a potential target because American bases are here. if they stop their occupation of 3% of Japan and move their bases to Guam, Hawaii and other american islands, a whole nation of 120million can live in peace without stress."

But then they will have to endure the stress of being unarmed with a nuclear power like China gobbling up territory in Asia with an eye on Okinawa.

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Japan is only a potential target because American bases are here. if they stop their occupation of 3% of Japan and move their bases to Guam, Hawaii and other american islands, a whole nation of 120million can live in peace without stress.

Sure - you bet... The North Koreans look to Japan with fondness and a sense of nostalgia, no doubt. I'm guessing you've also been taught that 2 + 2 = 5.

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China doesn't have its eye on Okinawa, but a fair few of Okinawans have their eye on independence from Japan. Also Japan is not "unarmed". it has a modern, well equipped military, and has 3000 tons of weapons grade plutonium sitting in Tokai NPP, was given the nuke technology in the late 50's and has everything needed to make nuclear weapons in less than a week. Less, that is if we do not secretly have them hidden somewhere already. Japan is safe as long as we don't have warmongering countries like the US occupying 3% land and constantly threatening NK. (not on NK or China's side, just love peace)

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Sanctions are not doing much of anything. The NK government will continue to do what they do if nothing else, but to defy the US and the rest of the world. Even if everyone pulled every last sanction on NK and that is not to say we have not already, but China will still give in, if not for kindness, at least for their own protection.

China does not want hordes of starving and desperate NKs charging over their borders. That and they do not want NK to be another westernized nation on their border (SK is close enough), any more than we would want SK to be a communist country.

Then again maybe this is all just a game for the world leaders and especially China and Russia as a test to see what a true communist country in a bubble can truly become.

But I do feel for the NK people. I truly do. They know relatively nothing of the outside world. They have the potential to starve again. So many things the ordinary NK can not have or not even allowed to have. And China with how they are commanding all info now is starting to get just as bad.

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