May 26th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

What can be done about North Korea's nuclear weapons?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test near the Chinese border yesterday - an explosion roughly equal to the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War Two. But this was more than just a test of a nuclear weapon. It's also a test of the Obama administration, and for that matter the rest of the civilized world. Can our new President orchestrate an international response that will successfully pave the way for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program? Previous administrations have failed at this, and judging by the bellicosity of Kim Jung Il, there's no reason to hold out a lot of hope.


President Obama clearly plans to act more aggressively than his predecessor after North Korea's first nuclear test more than two years ago. Yesterday he called it a blatant violation of international law and vowed to take action.

Russia and China also condemned the nuclear test, as did the U.N. Security Council. But we've been here and done this before when it comes to North Korea. It remains to be seen if they will be on the same page as President Obama when it comes to taking a next step - whatever that is. And there are other countries to consider as well, like Japan and South Korea, who could be in danger of a direct attack. North Korea is a rogue nation that continues to prove it is undeserving of a seat at the table of civilized nations.

Here’s my question to you: What can the international community do about North Koreas nuclear weapons program?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Marcus from Seattle, Washington writes:
If Obama has the courage, he sends Hillary Clinton to China, has her make a deal with the Chinese government that together they overthrow Kim Jong Il, put in power someone who cares about the North Korean people, and offers substantial aid from the US and China to get North Korea fed in the short term. The maneuver would assist China/US relations for years to come.

Nick writes:
Same thing the international community did when India, Pakistan, and Israel obtained illegal nuclear weapons, nothing. It's irrational to believe that a country can be told not to ascertain nuclear weaponry by a country with nuclear capabilities. We should stop violating international law and begin dismantling our nuclear weapons if we want other countries to do the same.

Jeff in East Lyme, Connecticut writes:
North Korea is not a responsible nation and abuses its people. They have repeatedly proven this to the world. They must and will be disarmed. It should be swift, well planned, multi-national and thorough enough to free the oppressed and abused populace. Donald Rumsfeld should not be consulted.

Jerry in Washington writes:
This is probably going to be unpopular, but take a look at what the Israelis did to Iraq in 1981. Iraq isn't pursuing nuclear weapons anymore, now is it?

Linda in Arizona writes:
I think China is the key. If we can come up with something persuasive and present it to China, they are the ones Little Kim will listen to.

Scott writes:
Kim Jong Il is crazier then Saddam ever was, and he actually has WMDs. If we weren't already fighting two wars, I have a feeling the question would have an easier answer.

Filed under: North Korea
soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. Tina Tx

    Nothing. We do not have the man power nor the money to try to take them out and why is the United States the only one worried about what North Korea does? We are the ones who always roar the first.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    As President Obama campaigned on this subject, we really need to send Hillary Clinton over there to beg for mercy and appologize for all the mean comments form the previous administration.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  3. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    What ever happened to our covert abilities? Don't we use police tactics and spies to infiltrate and eliminate problems like this before they get out of hand? Seems like common sense to me, but what do I know?

    May 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  4. Nancy, Grand Ledge, MI

    Whatever they decide to do, don't wait for the U.N. to take action. They're next to useless. They would do nothing more than issue a condemnation if half the world was being destroyed.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  5. Peg from NY

    Shall we consider The U.N.? How about global sanctions? There will always be some countries who want to "go shopping" in North Korea~punish them as well. Just a thought!

    May 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  6. Alex in Wisconsin

    The US is unfortunately not in the position to be able to do anything about North Korea by ourselves. In fact, aside from talk and sanction, we can't do anything until we finish up in Iraq. And sanctions aren't going to work as long as China supports them. I know some Republicans will call President Obama weak because he isn't planning to bomb North Korea. But lets face it, our military is stretched too thin to be starting yet another active conflict.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  7. Ed Reed

    I'm not sure what can be done; however, I hoped that we learned from Iraq fiasco that invading them probably won't work. "With every mistake, we must surely be learning."

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    May 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  8. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Dissarm ! Set a good example, and stop the hipocrocy.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  9. sharon kitchen

    I have no clue. Cut them off completely.....from everything?
    I thought he was already banned.........
    If he keeps on with Nuc blast deep in that small area.....the mountains will sink...........maybe that is the answer. He will solve our problem with him......into the ocean...............................................

    May 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  10. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    They can't do anything, even if they wanted to. The international community will never reach a consensus in a reasonable amount of time that would have any real impact, and "Dear Leader" knows this all too well. Right now, the world is as badly organized as a room full of three year olds and couldn't stop a water balloon fight.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Short of bombing them back to the Stone Age, there's not much we can do. Diplomacy is not real high on their list of priorities, and economic sanctions haven't been effective. We've already tried making a deal with them and they didn't honor it. We also tried calling them a name (Axis of Evil) and they didn't care. Only options left are to either bomb them or ignore them. I can make a case for either option.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  12. D - Atlanta, GA

    Outside of additional stiffer sanctions, posturing and using threatening language...not much Jack unless we want to start WWIII.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  13. Jenna

    What can the international community do about North Koreas nuclear weapons program?

    Hey when we address Israels nuclear weapons program then we can talk about Iran's and North Koreas's.

    All three refuse to sign the non proliferation treaty and refuse to have UN weapons inspectors.

    So the Axis of Evil is Iran, Israel and North Korea??

    Roseville CA

    May 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  14. peter from sask

    Nothing,,They have every right to have them ,just like Israel.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  15. Jim


    Not much. The North Korean leaders couldn't care less if their people starve due to harsher sanctions. Bush's bumbling attack on Iraq and two unfinished wars have pretty much taken military action off the radar. Maybe we could name them to a newly-created Axis of The-Not-All-That-Bad and see if it changes their attitude.

    Reno, Nevada

    May 26, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Melissa

    The world needs to unite against NK. Even and including going to war to stop them fromt producing them. If it means taking Kim Jong Il Out, then they need to do it. Whatever it takes. It needs to be stopped now before it goes too far to stop. Sanctions are worthless so is vocal disapproval. The only thing people like Kim Jong respect is power.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  17. bobwhite, Ks

    We could set a much better example, Jack. We want our weapons but we do not want others to have the same weapons. We want to protect ourselves but heaven forebid that others should want the same thing. In the mean time, we need to behave better toward those who appear to be a threat: called diplomacy. When we torture our opponents, why wouldn't they all want world class weapons for the possible event that they may be pre-emptively attacked, too?

    May 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  18. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I don't know what we can do, but I'll tell you what we will do. We're going to send the North Koreans a letter letting them know that their actions have displeased us, and if they continue along this course, we will have no choice but to send them another letter, this time in bold font.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  19. Daniel Indiana

    Sit down with them and give them their opportunity to talk all that they want. We can listen to them talk but that doesn't mean we have to give them what they demand, other than the attention that they demand. Just like a three year old child.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  20. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    Go back to the Clinton solution and trade fuel and food for good behavior; failure to comply should result in embargos of commodities. The North Korean people would overthrow their government by mid-winter.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  21. Chi Town

    Like Clinton we could just pay them to stop...

    Oh wait... that's how they paid for them in the first place

    Never mind

    May 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  22. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    Just let China and Japan deal with it!

    The country is unstable at best. The people are suffering. They kidnap U.S. journalists and other aide workers. They have proven they have WMD's by testing them openly. They threaten all others around them.

    Why haven't we invaded them yet? Simple, there is no oil in N. Korea...

    May 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  23. Sherri--Illinois

    Absolutely nothing! All these countries have NUKES or are getting them thanks to Bush's "Axis of Evil " speech in 2002 and then our invasion of Iraq under false pretenses, America loss all credibility . No country can really look at one another & call them A FRIEND. Until ALL Nukes are destroyed, this world will never know PEACE, and we will constantly be looking over our shoulders to see what the other one is doing. North Korea and Iran???? America's hands are tied.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  24. george

    Unless Russia, and China agree to join with those who are protesting north Korea's agenda, then there is little we can do without opening a larger can of beans. If you want to take a chance of all-out war, then we could bomb them off the map.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  25. Jef

    Exactly what they have been doing – whine and make threats. The world has allowed that crazy munchkin to do as he pleases because of Russia and China; until those two countries realize that they are in just as much danger as the rest of the world, nothing will be done except for diplomats pounding their chests at the U.N.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  26. Jim S from Gardendale, Alabama

    Jack, if there is anything that can be done, it would take a unified effort from a substantial number of countries. I just don't see that happening either in North Korea or in Iran. There's no question that these two rogue nations are raising the defcon level to a dangerous point and something must be done. My concern is why does the United States always have to take the point in such situations when it's quite obvious that Iran is a greater threat to Israel than to us and North Korea is a greater threat to China and Japan that to us. Shouldn't these nations take the lead in actions against North Korea before us? If we attack iran, then we will have succeeded in inflaming all the middle east to a dangerous point and in my view, China and Japan should handle North Korea with us backing them up instead of the other way around. Finally, aren't we already stretched to the limit with military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and can we afford it? That's just my opinion.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  27. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I would try to make the north Koreans realize that they stand a big chance of being destroyed by the weapon they are trying to produce and mount on a rocket. I would also mentioned that they are doing this while watching their people starve to death. I would leave them know that all this can change if they were to dismantle and destroy their nuclear capability. Russia and China needs to get on board in getting this message across to North Korea in order to help save the world. Things could get out of hand fast if North Korea pushes the button.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  28. Beauregard

    Even if we were not limping out of Iraq and tied up in Afghanistan it would still be impossible for the United States or it allies to seriously entertain a military solution for North Korea. For all its shortages of fuel and equipment, and even without nuclear weapons, Kim Jong Il's forces could inflict terrible harm by conventional means alone. South Korea would suffer the most. that leaves only two things. Arm twisting by Kim Jong's sponsors and his friends. Anything else is just a waste of time. You can only threaten reprisals as long as you can back that threat up. President Obama and his threats of sanctions is only posturing and short of option one, declaring war or option two,doing nothing he has no alternatives.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  29. Pablo in Tejas

    not a ...blessed thing. The PRNK has always been a bloviating bully, not unlike Rush Limbaugh & co. The best way to impede their aims is concerted, systematic, diplomatic and economic pressure by all nations.. Otherwise North korea should be routinely thwarted and ignored.

    Arlington Texas

    May 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  30. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    That's a tough one, Jack. Perhaps we could go back in time to undue the Bush Administration's blundering of this situation.

    Seems as realistic as any other options on the table.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  31. Chris D., NYC

    I think the question is, what will China, Japan, and S.Korea do first, to let America know they are serious about ridding N. Korea of nukes.....I know Amerca is a super power, but do we always have to deal w/ other peoples mess? Our forces are already spread thin, in dealings w/ the Middle East.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  32. Richard - Knoxville TN

    Put D(arth) Cheney in charge of the situation (with full access to and of our Pacific submarine forces) - He'll keep our country safe – You Betcha -


    May 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  33. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    The government of North Korea believes they are above the rest of the world. Why isolate them from the rest of us since talking to them seems to go in one ear and out the other. Put the heat on economically and have the rest of the world stop buying and selling to them.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  34. Susan from Kona, HI

    Funny how North Korean's are starving and living on the edge while their esteemed leader Kim Il Jong spends every dime of milatary and nuclear.
    Wake up the people. Is this what they want???

    May 26, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  35. Bryan from Georgia

    Jack – We can start by not using poisonous rhetoric like the last administration used "Axis of Evil". What was up with that? John Wayne wouldn't have even used that line. The international community must be tough in their stance against this proliferation – but needs to use intelligence to try to outwit this Napoleon Envy Complex Dictator.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  36. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Actually I feel as though either nukes should be eradicated from the planet ,or any country who has access to build or purchase should be able to do so. I do not understand why a neuclear regulatory commission or the UN can decide who is worthy to own nukes and who is not worthy.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  37. Billy in Las Vegas

    as the old saying goes, Jack, "Grin and Ignore It".

    North Korea is like a spoiled brat screaming to get attention. they KNOW that IF they ever REALLY caused trouble, the Chinese would squash them like a bug. the world should tell them "Oh, you have a nuke? how nice for you BUT don't expect any food or fuel aid from us"

    May 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  38. Greg from NYC

    Enough with diplomatic talks and UN resolutions. We need to give N. Korea an ultimatum that we will do whatever is necessary to protect our security and our interests. If we don't, we're going to learn the hard way, again, what happens when we try to appease a petty dictator.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  39. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Any responsible nation has the right to, by any means they can devise, defend it's borders & it's people. North Korea is not a responsible nation & abuses it's people. They have repeatedly proven this to the world. They must & will be disarmed. It should be swift, well planned, multi-national and thorough enough to free the opressed & abused populace. Donald Rumsfeld should NOT be consulted.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  40. J Atlanta

    It doesn't appear that N. Korea is going to respond to any of the civilized methods of dipolomatic influence, in which case they will have to be starved into submission, else once they use a nuclear weapon will have to be vaporized from the planet by the very tools with which they choose to threaten the world. My hope is that this job doesn't fall the the U.S. We have our own problems without having to deal with bad little children living far away.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  41. Nick

    Same thing the international community did when India, Pakistan, and Israel obtained illegal nuclear weapons, nothing. It's irrational to believe that a country can be told not to ascertain nuclear weaponry by a country with nuclear capabilities; we should stop violating international law and begin dismantling our nuclear weapons if we want other countries to do the same. This however doesn't mean North Korea shouldn't be punished for this recent display of military capability, what they did violates international law and surrounding states should enforce international law seeing as how they stand to lose the most.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  42. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    The key to halting North Korea's nuclear/ballistic weapons is Kim Jung Il. Get China and Russia to agree to cut off petroleum products for his sports cars, wines and cognac, and most important DVDs. When he feels deprived enough. He'll come around.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  43. don (in naples, florida)

    The same things that people did for u.s. nuclear weapons programs, or israel's nuclear weapons programs. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Why should north korea not be permitted, but iran, china, russia and other nations be allowed to have them.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  44. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    They can find out who's supplying them with everything they need to make the weapons and sanction them.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  45. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Time wounds all heels. Wait ten years Jack and Kim Jong Il will be as dead and disgraced as Joe Stalin. The next regime will strive to end its starvation just as China did. It will forget about the bomb and will focus on making friends.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  46. john ..... marlton, nj

    The international community can and should do nothing... Stop humoring and just ignore North Korea ..... What are we worried about ? North Korea selling the technology to some despot that will use it against someone we just happen to like WITH nuclear weapons... All this sounds like another let's go get'em" Colin Powell WMD speech ....

    If North Korea launches against or attacks us then we can blow them off the planet ..Until then.... worry about the big players with the real WMD

    May 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  47. infinitegal

    What can be done about North Korea’s nuclear weapons?

    Keep them (as well as other nations) to a NO-NUKE standard. How can the US pretend to deal "fairly" if not to hold ALL accountable?

    May 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  48. Jay in Texas

    We could start by giving them food, to feed their starving population, in return for them stopping all development of nuclear weapons. First, though, we need to start seriously reducing our own nuclear stockpiles and persuading all of our allies to do the same. To do otherwise is sheer hypocrisy.
    Brownwood, Texas

    May 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  49. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The same thing that they have already been doing-–object.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  50. Ayse-London

    Obama needs to play Devils Advocate, and get to the bottom of Pyong Yangs anti Americanism. He needs to offer meeting, but on neutral soil... France perhaps . By demonstrating a willingness to listen to Pyong Yang, Obama will command leadership and influence. At the point which Pyong Yang uses dictatorship type talk is the point of which the UN is forced to intervene and share the problem. Obama will show that America is neither the problem maker nor the primary problem solver – that buck is passed on to the UN

    May 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  51. Vinnie Vino


    Let's ask the man with all the answers, evil Dick Cheney, and then do the total oppostie...

    Central Islip, NY

    May 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  52. Zack Wilson Canton MI

    We can take sanction, like stop trading with them, but China's not gonna stop! nothing can be done, if one country does something then politics comes in and another country says, "no its okay! let them!" and then starts world war three. THANKS Korea are you happy now?

    May 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  53. Carolyn S. in Butte Montana

    Stop all foreign aid to North Korea.That should get their attention.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  54. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The same thing that they have already been doing--object with "lip service."--They are not going to do nothing---too much money will be lossed.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  55. rick

    If north korea doesn't cooperate with the rest of the civilized world community, We will expatriate all of our radical right christian republican non veterans loose on them to democratize them for thier own good. Just ask sean or rush or ann or billo or rupert!

    May 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  56. Gary D Rhodes

    Since China and Russia like it the way it is, nothing will change.

    The UN could grab a little legitimacy though, by making sure the IAEA had samples of the plutonium of nuclear nations to help in identifying where a nuclear weapon came from.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  57. carol

    If Kim Jung Il can afford a missile program, why can't he feed his own people? Funds used for this program should be mandated by the UN (especially China and Russia) to be diverted to pay for food.

    Carol from Pittsburgh

    May 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  58. odessa

    destroy the nukes and stop giving them money..north korea is a communist country who thinks like china and doesn't care about people at all..why did they start drama now and didn't make any noise during the bush administration?what is their problem of causing nohting but chaos for every country to worrying about..president obama has to shut these wackos out and do whatever is necessary to get rid of the nuclear weapons.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  59. Barbara in NC

    Let someone besides the US foot the bill – both financially and in cost of lives lost.

    They are bullies that just like to whine for attention.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  60. Mary Johnson

    Ignore them. Totally. Sorry, Jack there is no easy answer to this one.
    except to ignore them. they remind me of the playground bully trying to get attention by lobing rocks into the play.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  61. Kevin ,Fl

    Here is a prime example why weakness and appeasement does not work. If the Obama Administration would have followed past Presidents ... we would not have this problem, but now that we do the solution is simple. Send in an Asian / American Special Team and destroy the weapons and launch sites. If the President is really concerned for the Free World , then he will. No more appeasement ..thats what the spineless do.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  62. Mike in Albuquerque,NM

    North Korea is Chinas problem, not Americas. China is on the security council, and is North Koreas nieghbor. America should cease all involvement with North Korea. Maybe we could pay down our debt with China if we just let them annex North Korea without objection.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  63. Ken in NC

    Well Jack, if they want to act like a Bully from the Stone Age, maybe we should drop Nukes until there is nothing but barren space between South Korea and China.
    Then we can let South Korea start over and get it right this time.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm |

    What international community Jack? Who out there is going to stick their neck out besides the US. It's going to be business as usual.

    This is a good time for China to take the lead. This is a good time for China to show the world that it has changed and can act responsibly.
    They are an up and comming super power, if not already one, and with this power they should be able to fix this N Korean nuke problem, not with military might, but with wisdom.
    Maybe I'm just dreaming. Somehow, I don't think China has it in them yet.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  65. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    Very little to nothing. Until China steps in snd starts acting as if they even care, North Korea will continue to do as they please.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    May 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  66. dave

    Not much South Korea is in real big trouble and I believe the only way to end this is by going to war.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  67. jack frost in vermont

    We should probably have a nice long talk, like a dialogue, y'know where we roll our guys to sit down and talk to their guys. Nice big long tables with lots talking and handshakes and then toasts and singing Kum Ba Ya. Lotta hugs. They will promise "No More Nukkies" and we will slide them some money and inducements. And then...it falls apart.

    Of course, in reality we are dealing with a gang of sociopaths with their own little bomb and their own little country.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  68. Pugas-AZ

    Let's put the onus on them and welcome them to a higher status in the world so they can accept the responsibilities of such a position. I think this is what they are playing for. The world does not need another Korean war.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  69. Geri - Mead, OK

    Kim Jung II is a man longing to be heard. If the world won't listen to him in conversation then he sets off bombs. When people are dismissed out of hand and are forced to live in isolation for many years they begin to act out in ways that we would prefer not to deal with. Why not listen to the guy and hear him out before the U.S. administration and the world's leaders begin to make their usual assumptions and start jumping to their normal conclusions.

    May 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  70. Rod

    The question should have been what have they done? I guess you know the answer to that, nothing! The fat lady has already song. Next topic please!

    May 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  71. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Jack, neither the carrot (economic aid) or stick (sanctions) have worked. Obama has two choices: military action to take out their nuclear facilities, or face a nuclear armed North Korea with the means to deliver nukes to US soil. I'm betting the that Obama hasn't got the guts to launch an attack, so time to start digging bunkers. Hey, does that count as a 'shovel ready' project?

    May 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  72. douglas gengler

    why do we "the USA" have to do anything? are north korea or iran going to only attack the U.S. with nukes? or sell them to terrorists who are going use them against us?? maybe it is time europe or asia step up and do something because they are at risk like the rest of the world. it is time the United States put our interests first and let the rest of the world fend for themselves.

    doug in knoxville arkansas

    May 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  73. Art

    If we want to stop them from building nuclear weapons, hit them where it hurts the most, their pocketbook. No trade, no negotiations, no tolerance. A nation without money can't build anything.

    Jack, here's my question for you...why do we care about North Korea? It's because we don't agree with them, and they don't buy our treasury securities.

    Art, Texas

    May 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  74. Gretchen from Denver

    If countires could work together we could stop hunger, care for the weak and have peace. It appears that we have not evolved enough as yet to see the wisdom of cooperation.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  75. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Since repeated lines drawn in the sand haven't worked with North Korea, the international community should cut off their trade using a naval blockcade and isolate them until they submit to the UN resolutions. Unless all the major powers, not just the U.S., take a coordinated action this situation will just get worse.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  76. Brenton FROM Dominica

    Nothing, America and the world must learn to clean up their backyard first. North Korea is a sovereign state it should be left alone.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  77. Anu, Phoenix

    I'm going to answer your question with a question: If Iran had done the same exact thing North Korea did, what would be the international response? What ever that response would be should now be the same response to North Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  78. Jerry from WA

    This is probably going to be unpopular, but take a look at what the Israelis did to Osiraq in 1981–Iraq isn't pursuing nuclear weapons anymore, now is it?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  79. Terence

    Jack, We can stop sending food and fuel to N Korea. Then we let them use their own missle and nuclear money to feed and heat their own homes. Some how i think they would stop the building nukes when the get cold and hungry without the UN support.
    Terence, Piscataway, NJ

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  80. Frederick Ferguson

    There is nothing you can do except be prepared so that when North Korea finally starts the war we can win it before South Korea and Japan are completely destroyed. There is no rational pretex for a preemptive strike that could devastate our allies.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  81. Scott

    Kim Jong Il is crazier then Saddam ever was, and he actually HAS WMDs. If we weren't already fighting two wars, I have a feeling the question would have an easier answer.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  82. Linda in Arizona

    I think China is the key. If we can come up with something persuasive and present it to China, they are the ones Little Kim will listen to.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  83. louie in ohio

    Nothing Jack just wait him out he will die sooner or later.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  84. Steve from California

    it's just like a kid that throws a tantrum; you have to just ignore them.
    North Korea is just looking for attention. I say don't even give them the attention they are looking for and don't do anything unless they attack first. No pre-emptive strikes.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  85. david

    the united states dropped 2 atomic bombs on japan. is the united states government the moral authority of the world, who determines who can and cant have nuclear weapons? why do people think the united states is good and not capable of evil things, like being involved in not one but two unjustified wars?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  86. marcus (seattle)

    if obama has the courage, he sends hillary clinton to china, has her make a deal with the chinese government that together they overthrow kim jung il, put in power someone who cares about the north korean people, and offers substantial aid from the US and china to get north korea fed in the short term. the maneuver would assist china/US relations for years to come.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  87. Greg, Boynton Beach, FL

    I think N. Korea is doing this to scare up some new friends. I feel if they try to use their technology to sell Nuclear weapons to regimes such as Iran, Venezuela or Al Qaeda, Military action will be needed but only in a multilateral agreement with China, S. Korea, Japan and the UN. Now is the time we need to improve relations with China and get them to put pressure on the N. Koreans.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  88. Emma, San Luis Obispo, CA

    It's no secret that China plays the key role in addressing the North Korean president and it's violations of international law. They are most likely to do nothing as in the past, but all parties need to give China an ultimatum........sanctions or else we will boycott all Chinese produsts and attach extreme tariffs on their goods coming into every nation in the UN. They have to get down and dirty just the way China operates in the world. It is a sad day when we need China to step up and do the right thing for the rest of the world........good luck with that one!!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  89. Legend

    We take military action.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  90. Doris/St. Louis

    The international community can, and should BAN ALL NUKES! It's the only humane answer to this Global threat.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  91. Matt Bloomington,Il.

    I say we sent send in special forces like the SEAL's, Green Beret, and Spetsnaz to dismantal those nuclear facilities.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  92. Dave Danforth

    The answer is plain and simple. North Korea relies on China for oil and other economic aid. The Chinese need to tell them to knock it off or they will cut them off.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  93. Abou

    Other than economic sanctions ..... NOTHING!... the world is just going to sit on its hands, close its eyes and hope when they open them the world is still here and hasn't been obliterated by nukes.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  94. Jeep Driver

    To deal with the North Korean problem is not to deal with kim Jung Il, but deal with his most likely successor.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  95. Bob in Florida

    The same thing you would do with a group of people who believe they have a divine right to kill you because your different. Expose them for what they are, self absorbed bullies. Be vocal, embarrass them, show the world everything you know about them and never let up.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  96. Ron from Philly

    Do nothing, North Korea is like a child throwing a temper tantrum, you ignore them, and when they calm down you talk.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  97. Michael DeMartino

    If you really want to get the North Koreans to wake up to what there doing then you make their lives harder then they already are. Get every country who does contribute to them economically to essentially cut off all trade and then watch the shock on Kims face as his eye's pop out from behind his fake designer sun glasses.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  98. Joseph

    Nothing unless the US can put China and Russia on board

    May 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  99. Phillip Crawford

    The United States government must know the location of all the developed weapons in North Korea. Our intelligence agencies are surveying the entire country. Why not refine a plan to secure these particular areas with U.S or international troops to a matter of minutes?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  100. Barry

    The United States would be better served by allowing Russia and China to take the lead position on this issue. Our interest would be equipping South Korea and Japan with equal or superior weaponry if China and Russia don't succeed. We cannot invade North Korea but we can arm to the teeth our friends in South Korea and Japan. I don't think that would sit comfortably with our "friends" in Bejing or Moscow thus giving them an incentive to back up their words with actions for a change.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  101. larry

    Its simple Jack,
    set up a Naval blockade and then manage the difficult results which will force South Korea, Japan and China to become intrically involved. Their waiting for political cover to step in and our subs and battleships off the coast would provide the excuse and stop that little twerp in his tracks.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  102. Rick in Northern California

    A preemptive strike is in order. How long are we going to be subjected to the blackmail this nutcase is using. Forget NATO and the rest of the world. They don't feel threatened enough to be worried and quite frankly they don't have the stones to want to try. They think they are immune to this little nut ball. As usual they leave us to deal with the problem. China should be worried. North Korea is testing nukes within site of the Chinese border. Do they really think he will stop with the U.S.A.?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  103. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Sanctions don't phase them and don't work. The rest of the world has to come up with something that they can't do without, and use it as a carrot to force them to stop testing those missiles. We have to treat them like the insolent child that they are acting like!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  104. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    I think that it is time to take North Korea's leader out of power. I'm sure that there's room for him among the other terrorist suspects in Guantanamo or any other international prison. Let's use the world's undercover expertise and get him out of there–and anyone else in his administration who's complicit in this nuclear policy. The world's tried talking–now it's time to take action. We can't let him start World War III.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  105. Sid

    Hi Jack,

    What this dictator most wants is attention and perhaps the world community needs to stop paying attention to the immature (dangerously so) tantrums of North Korea until they start behaving. The 6-party talks simply feed this "talk to me/ give me what I want or I will do something else that is stupid" and is just not working. So lets try ignoring this problem nation and handle the rest of the big problems we have in the interim.

    Amherst, MA

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  106. Jason

    Washington DC

    Nothing. All we can do is wait and hope his successor moves the country in a new direction.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  107. Joe

    Give Japan the green light to take over North Korea, then the world economy will get a surge with all the new Hotels, Fast Food Chains and Coffee Shops as it is Commercialized.


    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  108. Stephen R. Collier

    It's not just nuclear weapons that need to be handled here. The North Korean government is an abomination that needs to be erased. China is the problem. They prop up Kim Jung Il's regime. The US needs to use it's economic power over China to force regime change in N. Korea while China is still dependent on us. China would be set back to being a third world nation without access to the US market. China needs us and Kim Jung Il needs China. Put the stick to China and force the change that needs to happen for the poor N. Korean people, and finally reunite the Koreas.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  109. Chet rankin

    I would tell them that we will hold them responsible and if they sell to any regime and there is a bomb detonated anywhere in the world we will bomb them out of existence.
    Mesquite Nv

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  110. chapter house fontana, ca

    The international community can finally use this as an opportunity to work together because this is an undeniable threat to all of humanity.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  111. Stephanie from AZ

    So North Korea wants to show off by launching nukes when the rest of the world is saying "no". N. Korea likes to pust the buttons of leaders around the world to see how they will react. Well let them go ahead and test. Just make sure when Kim Jung Il takes a look at Google Earth, he sees China, Russia, S. Korea, Japan and a small little US ship sitting there...with their little nukes aimed at him.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  112. Annette of Colorado

    Jack, In the final analysis, the international community can do nothing about North Korea. Nothing anyway, that will drive them to change their behavior. Maybe they can join forces with Gov Perry of Texas and together they can live in their own fantasy world and leave the rest of us the heck alone.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  113. Louis A. Carliner

    Remember Ronald Reagan's cry to Michael Gorbochek in which he Cried., "Tear down this wall."? What China and the U.S. and all other countries that wish to participate is to build a huge airstrip across from the Yalloow River capable of landing Airbus A-3800, the Boeing Dreamliner and other megac-carriers to setup a huge air shuttle to transport all of the potential refugees to South Korea. The huge depopulation of North Korea would finally bring down that hell hole of that government. Once this is done, then the refugees could then be returned to North Korea to participate in a huge nation rebuilding. It was the threatened depopulation of East Germany, together with the tearing down of the wall that paved the way for the unification of Germany.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  114. Carlos Lewin

    Threaten North Corea with aid to South Corea to develop same weapon.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  115. Mike

    I am hardly a war monger, but this guy has to be taken out.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  116. Ruth of Perry

    Like the President said, sometime we have to make tough choices. Not since the election has President Obama's call to unity has had more importance. The solution is for all the countries who agree with our President stand as one civilized race and tighten the reins of the sanctions. Sure some innocent people will die but so has a lot of our soldiers fighting for what we all want, peace around the world.
    Perry, GA

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  117. Scott Combs

    If they are this big a problem and are so undeserving of the seat they have, then take away the seat and then have China cut all supplies off. After waiting awhile, you should then proceed reunify the north and south. There problem solved.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  118. Ed Bassett Sr

    I am a Korean War Vet , Jack. We were not allowed to complete our job. At present, my grandchildren will probably be called upon to pick up the rifle I had to lay down.. There is no reasoning with them. Nothing short of a complete defeat will end the situation given the current government's mindset. I pray it does not come to that but- unless our president can work some sort of magic, renewed conflict may be the only recourse.
    Ed Watertwon, Ct

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  119. Robert G

    This is obviously a desperate attempt by Kim Jung Il to get some attention. I say that the US and the rest of the world should do to him, what we do to people that are nothing but attention cravers......ignore them until they take the hint that they aren't as important as they think that they are.

    Actually, if we did that, then we probably would barely know who Limbaugh and Beck were.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  120. William

    Unfortunately, the international community can do little to stop the threat of North Korea at this time. The United Nations lacks the power and legitimacy needed from an international body of its size, not to mention a lack of the stomach for a fight. Just as they have been reluctant to get involved in Afghanistan, the members of NATO will sit back and likely refuse to help the US enforce strong sanctions. Even those nearest to North Korea will fail to take action, with Japan lacking the power to do so and China lacking the willingness to turn a critical eye to their "allies." The US has no more political power to spend in removing another evil dictator, so the situation will carry on until something serious enough happens to convince many nations as a whole to step in.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  121. john Battiloro


    I have been to North Korea and if you only knew that the "people" cannot get money to finish construction of buildings already in progress in the provinces but yet they have money to research weaponry. Their trade business is non existant and they have no money from tourists. For President Il this is a matter of cash flow managment and survival in a paranoid country.

    The North Koreans have been trying to get into the South for eon's. The South continue to uncover miles and miles of tunnels from the North some of which could move more than 50,000 troops in a matter of hours. Why is the move to nuclear defense a big surpise.? I dont think there is much of a chance of him really doing anything.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  122. Dozie

    Jack have you heard about the "Abacha way"? Sani Abacha was the ruthless Nigerian junta who thought he was invisible until he was taken out in mysterious circumstances in a palace coup. Take out the North Korean leader and see true change come. This man is a tyrant, he can only be dealt with in unconventional ways. The world needs this!!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  123. Clay

    Jacksonville, FL

    Why don't we ask China for help in dealing with North Korea. They are as much a threat to peace in the region for China as they are to anyone else. They share a common border and I doubt anyone would cry if the Chinese annexed North Korea. It would probably make South Korea a much safer place having an increasingly modern China for a neighbor instead of a country ruled by a nutcase.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  124. Christian Sides

    The best way to deal with North Korea would be to gradually undermine the ruling party's authority. Not with sanctions or military threats, but by empowering its people. Leaking information into that closed society will help educate the populace as to the lies its been told. They will choose to defy their 'great leader'.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  125. Willie, New Jersey

    Here's what they do Jack, stop giving them the attention that they crave. Treat them like the babies that they're acting like; let them cry, whine and do all things ridiculous. Once they see no ones paying attention to them, they'll try to go about things a little differently.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  126. Paul

    There is nothing else the 'international community' can do. Every avenue has been exhausted,....which is why nothing has worked. The only option now is to either live with it, or declare war on North Korea. I don't think the second option is viable though, and obviously neither does Kim Jung Il. America is over-capacitated in Iraq and Afghanistan, and anti-American sentiment is at an all-time high thanks to Mr. Bush and friends. Until Norht Korea actually takes action against another country, it is untouchable.

    Paul in Toronto.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  127. Jim

    Total blockade of N. Korea. No ships, no airplanes, no trains allowed to enter the country until they capitulate. We have the resources to do it. If Russia will not cooperate, let them know that if they think N. Korea should have nuclear weapons, then we think that Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Lithuania, et al–all the countries that USSR occupied and oppressed for so long, should have nuclear weapons as well.

    I'm a bleeding heart liberal, but it is time to GET tough with N. Korea, not just talk tough. Obviously, dialogue with them has not worked.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  128. Dante Sterling

    San Antonio, Tx

    The reaction to the North Korea nuke test is difficult to orchestrate. I believe the best way to go about it would be to issue some true punishments towards the North Korean leaders, but first the US needs to engage and coordinate heavily with China and Russia on the subject. If we work with them and help them see how much of a threat North Korea is to the world and not just the US we can effectively isolate the leaders and maybe finally get rid of them and allow the North Korea people true freedom from the evil Kim Jong II regime.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  129. Josh

    Since it is unlikely that N. Korea has strong facilities guarding their nuclear warheads, a preemptive missile strike on their major military facilities and suspected missile silos will likely remove their ability to strike neighboring nations. In the case that a missile is able to be launched in retaliation, it should be a simple matter to have several anti-missile missiles waiting to destroy the attack before they can explode. The actual military should be relatively weak against S. Korea and the U.S. while China might yet support the stabilization of the area.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  130. Avesta


    There is only so far where UN sanctions can go. The only realistic approach to Korea, is to speak the only language left in which the Koreans could understand, seeming that the language of making peace is unrecognizable by them.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  131. BJ

    I think that if Russia, China,the U.N., Japan, South Korea, and the United States would join together to take over that country in a coup. Then establish a panel of the 6 to run the country.Itwould also work as a warning to Iran.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  132. Masa Hiryuu

    Jack, I believe the correct way to deal with someone with the mentality of Kim Jung Il is to reply to this nuclear test with something he will understand and give 20 nuclear warheads to both south Korea and Japan and then make sure that he understands if he pulls anymore stunts like this then there are two other paranoid countries in the region with their fingers on the button.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  133. Dick

    They've come out of their cave, they only need money, give it to them
    and they'll go back in their cave.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  134. Mike - Maryland

    Jack – It's time for the world to stand up and take action. A world wide blockade of North Korea is what is needed. Set up a land and sea blockade. Cut the country off from receiving and products or aid from outside the country. The countries that share borders need to close them off from any access of goods and services. A world wide sea blockade by all countries that have a navy should be put in place. The people of the country need to realize what their leader is, a tyrant, and rise up and take action. Only then will the people gain freedom and rid their country of a leader that cares only for himself and not a damn thing about the people of his country.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  135. Scott Stodden

    Jack I think the nucelar test performed weeks ago and the test performed yesterday is a call from Kim Jung II that they want attention. I beleive its wrong for North Korea to perform these tests when they were told not to do it, just what makes North Korea think they can do whatever they want and not have to obey any rules? Granted we cant take there nucelar weapons away but I beleive that President Obama should order strict sanctions against North Korea and also hold emergency direct talks with the North to find out why they dont want to abide by the rules and try to convince them to dismantle there weapons, fat chance I know Jack but if anybody can do it, its President Obama right Jack? By the way Jack I love you and Wolf and I watch the Situation Room everyday

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Il)

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  136. Linda in Atlanta

    Obama should stay calm and cool and call Kim Jong Il's bluff. First, plan a visit to North Korea for early 2010 and invite the Fearless Leader to DC. He won't come because he has a fear of flying and only takes trains.

    Meanwhile continue what was started last year and start arranging for us to send some of our best on cultural exchanges to show the North Koreans who we are as a people like Yo Yo-Ma (Chinese American) and the Silk Road Ensemble, Korean-American violinist Sarah Chang with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Dudamel (from Venezuela), and the So Cal jazz group, Hiroshima, composed of third-generation Japanese- Americans.

    The Fearless Leader just wants attention like most five-year olds. Give it to him.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  137. Phil Marrone

    I believe that North Korea is a sovereign nation, and no one sovereign nations has the right to dictate policy or intervene in the internal affairs of another. Their nuclear program is no threat to our national security, and so the United States has absolutely no right to get involved. Majority does not rule, NK has rights no matter what appeal to the masses YOU lay down Jack. If we do not want NK to have Nuclear Weapons, I suggest we stop threatening them and stop subsidizing radical regimes with weapons of mass destruction. Put America first, we are the rulers of the Earth.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  138. Rick from wisconsin

    Jack, The only thing that will get through to N.Korea is if America takes real action. The only action left is war!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  139. Ed H.

    The Obama Administration, as well as the international community, needs to stop talking and start taking action. The military is spread thin enough, we can't fight this head on.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  140. Lori M. Piqua Ohio

    Why does the rest of the world wait to see what The United States is going to do? Don't they have minds of their own, can't they make decisions too? Oh I get it, it's like that cereal commercial...Let's get the U.S. to do it, we do everything. Wake up United Nations, grow a couple, and take charge for once.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  141. Corey

    North Korea has to be shown that the international community will not allow them to gradually work-up to more powerful weapons. The little man has to be shown a real big-stick to get the point.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  142. Vern

    The only way to fight a "Crazy Guy" is to pull a "crazy counter-attack".

    Here is my idea.

    Pull all American Soldiers from South Korea. This should put the fear of God into the Chinese and Russians. Maybe than, these two countries will step up to the plate and put an end to this silly regime (North Korea).

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  143. eric

    Threaten to let Japan become militraily active (possibly with nuclear arsenal) and China and Rusiia will take action and shut Kim Jong -Il down quick. Their worst nightmare not ours!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  144. Jim Blevins

    I expect that the solution is already in process but it may take a while. The key is China. We really don't want to cut off humanitarian aid - that would simply increase the popular support for the DPRK. I don't think that we have any other sanctions that aren't already in place. The DPRK has only one area of support - China. I am sure that China is very concerned by the DPRK's ignoring them. The USA should do what it can to convince China to do what they can and support them in that.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  145. Tyler Thompson

    Who knows! The international community has done everything it can do. However, I feel that pressure must be put on those who patronize N. Korea (Russia and China). These two countries have blocked multiple attempts to halt development of N. Korea's WMD's. China half heartedly joined the six party talks and has done little as the most influential nation in the region. Unless the global community can pressure China to pressure N. Korea then any attempt is fruitless.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  146. Ken in NC

    Jack, if they want to act like a Bully from the Stone Age, maybe we should drop Nukes until there is nothing but barren space between South Korea and China.
    Then we can let South Korea start over and get it right this time.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  147. Sandra Leaverton

    I would like to see a multi-nation effort that completely clears out the nut and his companions running North Korea, put the South Korean President in charge, and have the country renamed Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |

    N. Korea's leader is a nut. Maybe they can load him up in one of his nuclear test's and shoot him to the Mars. That might get rid of him.
    President Obama will give it the very best he can. Why doesn't the other Country's take a big part in it, as they are more in line of fire?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  149. Bob Field Estero

    Quarantine North Korea. Nothing in. Nothing out.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  150. Liz in Boulder CO

    For the most part, ignore Korea....but let's ask ourselves, over the past 70 years, which nation has built, tested and DROPPED the most and largest bombs, including the atom bombs? It's about who is DROPPING the bombs and killing the thousands. Forget Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  151. Joshuah

    The best method at this point is to try and bring Kim Jong Il back to the negotiating table (President Bush failed on this). We have to use American soft power to gain influence in the country. We must put pressure on China so that in return, China’s influence on North Korea can be used to the advantage of the region and the United States. We must ally with Japan so that we not only have the two largest economies beyond each other, but in the process show the Japanese that the U.S. will stand firmly by their side.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  152. john

    If surgical strikes are made against North Korean nuclear sites we risk an invasion of South Korea. If not made, we risk nuclear strikes against South Korea and Japan. Better the threat of a conventional invasion vs. a nuclear attack. The problem should have been dealt with by force before the threat became reality. Green River, WY

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  153. Fubara David-West

    You should not add your voice to this cry wolf syndrome. Consider the fact that it is quite possible that this has nothing to do with a so-called test of the Obama administration. North Korea is only doing one of the few things it could do to draw international attention, but it is merely falling into the abys of the folly that has driven many a Third World country that seeks nuclear weapons. In the end, neither North Korea, nor a Sadam Hussein's Iraq could afford to use nuclear weapons against any state or target. Thus all of its nuclear ambition is nothing but a long-term threat to its own economic and political future.

    I thank you.

    Fubara David-West.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  154. C. E. O'Connor

    North Korea is not really an independent country.
    It is a Chinese puppet. China supplies it with fuel, and generally holds its leash. It is likely that China uses North Korea mainly as a way to rattle our cage.
    Therefore, let's make China aware that we understand the connection. Make an annoucement that an attack on the United States from North Korea will be considered an attack by China itself.
    I can guarantee this will get China's attention.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  155. John Cohn

    The United States has insured that Israel has Nuclear Weapon capability. Now, for whatever reason, it is wrong that Iran and North Korea have the same capability. Israel is the nation with the most likellyhood to use Nuke weapons, as a "first strike" There has to be another reason why the U. S. wants other nations out of the Nuclear Club. Thats the question.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  156. Uche Nwakudu

    The rest of the world has egged Kim Jung Il on in his obsessive quest to arm himself with nuclear weapons by paying attention to his antics and pampering his ego with unrealistic threats. The world must now realize that you can't stop maniacs from acquiring nuclear weapons if they are hellbent on doing so. One sure path to a nuclear weapons free world is that we get rid of it all. If I don't have it, there is no incentive for you to get it. You can't keep yours and expect me not get mine.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  157. Michael Monahan

    Jack, the answer is rather obvious to me...My brother, remove the beam from your own eye before you try to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye. People we like and who agree with us can have nuclear potential, but not the people we do not like or who do not agree with us??? Come on, now!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  158. connie, forest park Illinois

    This would be an excellant opportunity to enpower the UN, you know the one you just called impotent? Well lets put the presure on! We need to collaborate to get it done, right? Well then give everyone in the room a call and lobby them to stand with us. The agency wiull gain credibility and we will be throwing in with the "good guys". Maybe then we will know who they are?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  159. susan


    The 8 years of Bush administration foreign policy was play Otrish game by bury its head under the sand....or ignoring what was going outside of US. Now, very refreshing Obama adminstration has demonstrating to the world the truth American Spirit and making contribution to the World Peace with eye contacts and engaging real dialogues.

    Obama administration is not yeilding to any threats...I believe that once the dialogues fail, we should simple take an active role and drop couple bombs to elevate the threat to the world peace....Only way, and should be supported from our allies.

    Plano, TX

    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  160. Dick Weber

    Jack, Sounds to simple, but if every country just cut them off, closed there borders as well as not allow any airplanes in or out, I think they might get the message????

    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  161. Gigi

    I guess we should wait until they attack and then let Japan or South Korea blew them out of this world. If it doesn't get their attention nothing will. It time America sat back and did nothing until forced too.


    May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  162. Mike – Denver, CO

    What can we do? Sadly, the reality is – nothing. We unleashed this beast, now we need to learn how to live with it.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  163. Keith

    Jack what a simple question. Have the congress and President Obama give the U.N. a few billion dollars and let them take care of it the way they seem to always do "badly." After all, if you throw money at a problem it has to get better?

    Keith in Elkmont, Alabama

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  164. Omar

    What can be done about n koria

    nothing can be done?

    ask yourself these questions then you will know the answer

    1- Why is the only country concerned about Iran and n koria is us?
    2- Did Us make a fuss about Israel?
    3- Usa to stop this stuppid policy about apple and orange
    4- the days for 5 supper power to control security consel in the united nation should be over need more representive from other country

    so we need to shutup

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  165. Joshuah

    The best method at this point is to try and bring Kim Jong Il back to the negotiating table (President Bush failed on this). We have to use American soft power to gain influence in the country. We must put pressure on China so that in return, China’s influence on North Korea can be used to the advantage of the region and the United States. We must ally with Japan so that we not only have the two largest economies behind each other, but in the process show the Japanese that the U.S. will stand firmly by their side.

    Houston, TX

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  166. Richard C.

    Hey Jack,
    North Korea is like a crying baby that want's attention. Mothers is watching soaps of Iran, the pot roast of Afghanistan and Hemming the pants of Israel and Palestinian. We have no time for baby 'and what they're thinking is ',"No one puts baby in the corner." You know Kimmy is a Film Buff?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  167. Brian Smith PhD

    Who are we kidding? Short of regime change by force, nothing is going to stop North Korea, Iran or even China from doing what ever they want with their nuclear technology. China has a death grip on our debt, and heaven knows if America tries regime change by force after Iraq it is likely the rest of the world will resist. Sanctions have proven to be a band aide.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  168. michael

    Jack ,the only country that has any power over N.Korea is China.
    N.Korea gets their power,food and just about everything else
    from China. Unfortunately we have nothing to offer China who has bought up our debt , does not belong to United Nations and doesn't
    have to do anything we ask them. However, China does not want
    refugees running over the border for help is something goes wrong
    and China does not want a Nuclear Arms race started up in Asia.
    If we can convince China that things could go very wrong in Asia
    then maybe they will help us out and cut off trade with N.Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  169. Jim

    Forgot to add: If China is not willing to participate in the total embargo, then we add countries surrounding China as countries that also need nuclear capability.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  170. Reid Marshall

    What can be done about a man who has eluded cohesion with the international community for decades? What can be done about a regime that starves its people and threatens its neighbors as a matter of national policy? The question of Kim Jong Il comes down to what the international community is willing to do to combat a regime that is essentially putting on public demonstrations of the weapons it will sell to the enemies of not only the United States, but any organization that could offer the most in compensation. The only response that can be judged adequate is the unprecedented. President Obama and his International peers must commit to significantly stifling Pyongyang's trade by inspecting shipping containers, and, if necessary, China must restrict oil to the North Korean capital. the time for rhetoric and symbolic stances is over, the time for action is beginning now. Over the next few days we will hear much about "proportional response", but we must keep in mind that American presidents since Eisenhower have been trying to ascertain such a response, all to no avail. The only response to the extreme is the pragmatic and stern so that it is ensured that this is the last test, symbolic and literal, that occurs in North Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  171. Karen in Waterford


    Wonderfully tricky question you asked. While first instinct would be to turn North Korea into a giant parking lot, it wouldn't be my first choice. Trade sanctions would be a good way to deal with North Korea. To be effective, the sanctions must cut deeply and be enacted swiftly. It must also be made clear that these are punitive sanctions. With China and Russia both condemning North Korea, sanctions would have more firepower than military might. Refuse all imports from North Korea and refuse to export anything to them. Yes, people will suffer, but how many more would suffer if North Korea keeps playing with nukes and decides to wipe out ... say Japan or South Korea? It's not an easy decision, and I don't pretend to know if trade sanctions would help, but it's better than beating our chests and then doing nothing.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  172. John

    Sadly, I feel we cannot do much to solve the North Korea problem at this point. In my opinion, we are feeding into the leader's ego, by giving North Korea what it wants: international attention. Two years ago, the United States and other nations should have taken stronger steps to prevent this issue from ballooning as severe as it is now. As you said Jack, they are undeserving of a seat at the table of civilized nations, and the last thing the United States or any other nation should do is put themselves in the same category as North Korea (which is what they probably want from the international community, as well).

    Yonkers, NY

    May 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  173. leon

    Do the same thing you do to Israel, India, Pakastan, and the U.S.A. When will the stupid foreign policy end. In otherwords only the U.S. and all of it's friends should have access to Weapons of Mass Destructions, but no one else. If they want to get rid of Nuclear Weapons, have everyone get rid of them, including the U.S. and Israel.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  174. Nancy, Tennessee

    As a concerned citizen of the world, I have no idea what should be done, but it appears that ignoring the situtation is not an option. North Korea is continuing on a path that is making our planet an unsafe place. The International community must tread lightly, but it must proceed on some course of action that will get Kim Jung Il's attention. Sanctions, embargoes, and whatever else we have in our arsenal that will not start WWIII needs to be used. Just what we needed at this time – NOT!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  175. joe watt

    Japan, China, & South Korea should begin prepiations to over throw North Korea. Capture the little man, and bring him to trial for approving Nuclear Weapons production. If we don't act now we will have the largest Terroist Country that will act with nuclear weapons, and will provide nuclear weapons to other Terroist cells to attack. I think my Grandma sums it up the best "an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure" Obma better not miss out on a chance to kill or capture the little man, like Bill Clinton missed the chance on five ocassions to kill Osama Bin Laden. BIn Laden killed 3,000 Americans, North Korea will kill MILLIONS with his nukes. ACT NOW!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  176. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    Close their ports. Make sure that only food and medical supplies get to their shores. Help China establish a border area much like the DMZ in the south and help with the hunderds of thousands fleeing from North Korea.
    Mabe then, when they understand that they can no longer get supplies and their people are leaving, they will understand that they need to change or they will be in charge of nothing.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  177. Mark LaPenna

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I believe that North Korea is a much larger threat to the international community than Sadam Hussein ever was. This man has demonstrated his complete and total unwillingness to not only cooperate with the World, but seems dead set on launching the whole World head long into another world war. Obama should execute an executive order authorizing American Special Forces to infiltrate North Korea at ANY expense to assassinate this man. I’m not one to condone the murder of ANY human being, but when one human being threatens the relative world peace we have started to achieve, not to mention the lives of his neighbors’ and our allies, then that person should be taken out with extreme prejudice. This is a prime opportunity for the United States and the Obama administration to begin developing better than “okay” relations with the second largest World power…China. If Obama fails this test, he will have done more harm to the military/foreign relations reputation of the United States than any other President in history, and further more, will lend credence to the opinion that The United States of America is a country whose moral backbone has become arthritic.



    May 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  178. Alfred Thornton

    It is up to his people to remove him from power. A person who runs his country from fear damages it's people making them as afraid of everything as he is. They must show the world that they can be responsible with Nuclear Power.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  179. Bryan Alexander

    Considering the inaction or the inefficiency of action from previous administrations, the only thing left to do is put Kim Jong-il on America’s lap and give him a good old fashion spanking.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  180. Joy from Texas

    Jack, extreme pressure should be applied to all other countries that have dealings with North Korea.. Their ports should be blocked so that goods could not be delivered ar shipped...Their people are already starving and doing without, maybe they would eventually get the guts to revolt against the idiot mad man that is strangling their country

    May 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |

    Obama is looking to N. Korea and China to punish N. Korea. That is a great strategy. Stick to that plan.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  182. John

    The best answer to the current North Korea problem is that we do nothing directly. North Korea is constantly acting like a small child and we should not reward their bad behavior.

    The proper parties for a direct response are the regional neighbors, especially China, Russia and Japan. They all need to cut aid to North Korea and the Chinese and Russians need to get much more directly involved in reigning the North Koreans in since they helped create this problem by sponsoring the North Koreans and ignoring the issues for the past twenty years.

    The South Koreans need to get their military ready to act and the US needs to increase their military support to South Korea.

    Finally, if North Korea does launch a nuclear attack against anyone the permanent members to the Security Council need to all attack North Korea, perhaps with nuclear weapons, and finish this madness. The unfortunate part would be the remaining radiation, but that may be preferable to having North Korea continuing it's asinine behavior and remaining a threat to the entire region.

    Phoenix, AZ

    May 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  183. Ken, MD

    What can the international community do about North Koreas nuclear weapons program?

    Stripped down the most basic issue: you have a narcissist with grandiose delusions against the world....If we view him as some sort of "international community patient", with the world as his collective psychiatrist, the first metaphoric question would be "What brings you to my office at this time"? (i.e. the North Korean leader sought attention with his latest nuclear attack)....I couldn't guarantee his answer but it would probably be something like: "The world deserved it (the nuclear test)". Okay, we would follow that with "Why do you feel that way?" He'd give his distorted reasons. We'd nod frequently then say something like "How do we figure out a way for the world to understand you better?" This simulated "encounter" should be extrapolated to the diplomacy table with people like Secret Psychiatrist Hillary Clinton showing up with her own agenda to shut him down while performing her own stealth psychiatric session equivalent.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  184. Mark LaPenna

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I believe that North Korea is a much larger threat to the international community than Sadam Hussein ever was. This man has demonstrated his complete and total unwillingness to not only cooperate with the World, but seems dead set on launching the whole World head long into another world war. Obama should execute an executive order authorizing American Special Forces to infiltrate North Korea at ANY expense to assassinate this man. I’m not one to condone the murder of ANY human being, but when one human being threatens the relative world peace we have started to achieve, not to mention the lives of his neighbors’ and our allies, then that person should be taken out with extreme prejudice. This is a prime opportunity for the United States and the Obama administration to begin developing better than “okay” relations with the second largest World power…China. If Obama fails this test, he will have done more harm to the military/foreign relations reputation of the United States than any other President in history, and further more, will lend credence to the opinion that The United States of America is a country whose moral backbone has become arthritic.


    Mark from Woodridge Illinois.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  185. Tim Marshall

    That's probably the best question I have ever heard raised, and I don't know if any one person has the answer. And I think that is the answer. North Korea feels it has the power to act in any way it seems fit, like a spoiled rotten child with no boundaries. Since it refuses to set its own boundaries in accordance with world standards, then it becomes necessary for the world, as a whole, to do it for them. It is unfortunate that the people of North Korea must suffer, but there is little that can be done to help them until such time as the leadership of North Korea learns its rightful place in the world. The world as a whole must take a stand and isolate North Korea so completely, that they can't breathe without permission from the world. Its ports must be blockaded by sea, all air travel cease to and from North Korea except for humanitarian aid, and China and Russia prevent all access to North Korea by land. It must be a unifed world effort and it must be effected immediately. I believe a positive by-product of such an act will be notice to Iran that if North Korea can be brought in line, which is far more advanced militarily than Iran, than it's time they woke up and smelled the roses and fell in line as well. Will the leadership attempt to retaliate? Not if everybody is in the act. He may strike at one or two nations standing alone, but the world? No one, not even North Korea is that stupid or insane, and if he is, then his act of retaliation gives the world the right to eliminate him and his family forever, just like we did Saddam Hussein. Last resort? Yes. Necessary? Only Kim Il-Jong can answer that question by his future actions and responses.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  186. Lelia mcgrew

    the world needs to take action now or north Korea fires a another nuclear weapon and if that happens it's could be act of war

    May 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  187. Jay Wardyn

    The elite within N. Korea are fanatics who have maintained power from manipulating fear to keep control. There is NO way to reason with them since keeping control is their only goal. The only solution is continued isolation. The Regime may moderate over time or their power diminish from the lack of a true enemy to face. The only other option is Regime change. A total war would result with the total destruction of S. Korea. Tens of millions would pay for our lack of patients. A corrupt government will collapse in time. Our response should be to maintain the balanced approach till that time comes.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  188. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    obviously sanctions are not working so far and it is the population that is suffering in the end. At one point, North Korea was also classified as part of the axis of evil. Apart from a stronger stand from China and Russia, we need to go back to the six party talk and since we all know stronger sanctions are not having any positive desire effects then we have to wonder what would North Korea offer to the world in return if agree to going back to the six party talk and if we were to slowly but greatly reduce sanctions. I'm just wondering since the more a leader feels corner the less he is willing to react (reactor) in a positive matter!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  189. Daniel Nelson

    Do like George Bush did and tell him to leave the country in two days or we bomb the hell out him and his ruling party. I'm sure the people including most of the military will be glad to see him gone and turning them into a democratic society would be much easier than Iraq because their would be much more food for the people without the sanctions in place.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  190. Raph PA,USA

    Let,s Face it.. Its all ready too late. There was too much talk. But they will never ever listen without getting there attention in return. they Basically allready have the Bomb, Primitive or not. and they can certainly use it if not with Missles. Some other way. the Only language they understand is Violence and FEAR. To a Regime thats seems to matches Hitler. and the formal soviet union. Its time to give up talks (for now). And time to roll out the Deterrence program. Not some anti Missle shield that will make em mad and worse. But it's time to Roll out the Tridents Ohio SSBN Subarines one again. And bring the ones mothballed out of retirement. Time to show that if N Korea ever attacks any US Ally. Including S Korea, Japan, Or even Russia that joins NATO to be fair.They will Not survive Retalliation. And if Russia rolls out their subs Side by side with the US. Then You will see maybe they will start listening to the UN with Ballistic Subarines Lurking out of their reach. I'm willing to bet they will all of a sudden will cooperate with the world rather than start to fear it. Talking will be more effective than right now. Let's do it before its really too late. If this is not a Crises like in Cuba. than what will the world consider a World Crises?

    May 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  191. Nathaniel Watson II

    The solution is very simple...

    Send in a small tactical strike team that will sneak behind enemy lines. Setup a small network of allies that want their 'dear leader' to be sent to a 'prison cell' who can assist the team. Find the location of where the nuclear weapons and missles are being tested and then sabotage the weapons by turning them into mini EMP bombs.

    This way once the weapons are tested again they will explode and knock the energy grid of North Korean. If we are lucky it take out their miltary infrastructure as well. Then our forces can be sneak back out and join a team that then can be sent in with non-lethal weapons that will disable any resistance. Then they can capture 'Dear Leader' and put an end to this issue once and for all.

    If this work then they can employ a similiar strategy with Iran and in the end we will have killed 'two birds with one stone.'

    May 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  192. jerry

    I sincerely hope that President Obama doesn't make a grave error in dealing with this problem. I support him in his condemnation of the proliferation of nuclear weapons by North Korea. I guess Biden was right for once when he said that Obama would be faced with an International Crisis within six months of his presidency, No matter what his decision, he will be criticized for being tfoo soft or being too harsh. Welcome to the real world Mr. President.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  193. AkGuy

    We need to explore new ideas to get rid of these loose nukes. Tell the Chinese if they sign a long term treaty to manage Korea, the U.S. will help re-unify the Koreas under a Hong Kong like administration as long as China removes the current North Korean administration and takes over the North Korean nuclear program.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  194. Anthony....Swedesboro, NJ

    When rogue countries such as North Korea and Iran acquire nuclear weapons, all bets are off.
    I remember the fifties when the policy of MAD, mutually assured destruction, kept the USSR from obliterating us. Now, thanks to our great ally, Pakistan, the nuclear market place is open and profitable even to the likes of Al Qaeda. The nuclear Genie is out of the bottle and there's nothing we can do until the world joins America to set up policies which might deter these miscreants. Don't hold your breath!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  195. Adam Mercer

    North Korea needs a new leader, period. The current government is ruining the whole country (compare a night time satelite photo of the whole peninsula and it becomes pretty obvious). They have no electricity to speak of, probably no food, certainly no money, and very little international reputation to trade with. I don't care what kind of government they end up with, but for now they would be better off with an artificially created power vaccuum, and America has been good at creating those lately.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  196. Steve Squizzato

    North Korea:

    This must be nipped soon along with Iran and any other irrational and immature country that wants to boast nuclear power. Would you let a kid play with a loaded gun? Kim Jong is a fading horse and probably wants to go out with a very big bang. Let's all pray that Kim Jong is really "-II" and dies soon.

    Toronto, Canada

    May 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  197. Carl C. in Brick NJ

    Nothing. We let the cat out of the bag a long time ago and should have known that this would happen sooner or later.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  198. John Young

    Suppose North Korea should launch a nuclear strike against any other country. What would happen next? The other nuclear powers of the world have no choice but to launch a massive nuclear counter-strike in self defense, resulting in the total destruction of North Korea. Whatever else Kim Jung Ill might be, he is not crazy and knows full well that launching a nuclear strike would be suicide. Therefore, his real purpose must be to use his nuclear capability as a bargining chip to gain concessions from the world powers. Nothing else makes any sense.

    John Young
    LaPlace Louisiana

    May 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  199. Steve Carnine

    Winston Churchill, if alive, would probably say to us "Don't hesitate America ; as you did before commiting to the 2nd world war effort. Take strong and definitive action early. Kim Jung II and Hitler are very similiar in their motivation. Think about how different the world would be had Hitler had the atomic bomb. Like Hitler Kim Jung II will only understand total defeat. "

    May 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  200. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Keep reminding China whose border they tested their nuke near.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  201. cynthia from bennington vermont

    I was against the war in iraq but i think north korea is a more dangerous threat to everyone. the international community should just agree to bomb north korea's nuclear sites -they have verifiable weapons of mass destruction and are truly a renegade country. diplomacy even in the bush years has yielded little results.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  202. Phil, georgia

    One thing we should not do, is reward good for bad behavior. That will only cause other countries to do the same and N.Korea to do the same in the future for more goods.
    There has to be a strong international response. Who are ready to go in there together and take out all those type weapons and even maybe the leadership. Also, if good, can let N. Korea know that we after a certain amount of time will do what we can to help them continue to be a steady country.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  203. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Most of the usual steps taken by the international community to influence a rogue nation will not be effective against Kim Jong Il. He is the hereditary ruler of a so-called communist regime, actually a dictatorship run by an oligarchy, insensitive to the needs or plight of its people, who are the only ones who will actually suffer from any economic or "political" sanctions. However, North Korea only exists by virtue of a UN partition resolution adopted after World War II, and can thus be legally abolished the same way. If the Chinese and the Russians play along at the UN, we can make the North Korean nation not merely an outlaw nation, but no legal nation at all. Kim will have to resist occupation and takeover by South Korea on his own. However, given the armies in the field and the belligerence of the Kim regime, the abolition will have to be concluded by force, and millions will die. On the other hand, If we allow Kim and his gang to carry on, millions of Koreans will die anyway, from starvation. Kim cannot actually use his huge army and weapons of mass destruction eto win anythiing but a reprieve because he has neither the food nor the fuel with which to prosecute a real war with anyone. If we are tough, and smart, we can abolish North Korea to the applause of the surviving Korean people and most of Asia.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  204. Latoya - Charlotte, NC

    The only way to destabilize N.Korea is thru the people. They are the real victims of that psycho administration. We place sanctions on them – which I cant disagree with- they are starving with not jobs and no medical aid. I personally wish those people would realize that its their govt that is oppressing them and punishing them. Its time for oppressed people around the world to read a damn book and stop blaming America, and take on their own govt. B/c do we really want to engage in another war? I am not in favor of that.

    Latoya L. – Charlotte, NC

    May 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  205. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: The US needs to support a coaliton of "rogue nations" to put pressure on North Korea. Russia, China and even Venezuela have a lot to lose if the North Korean weapons programs pick up traction. North Korea obviously does not care what the western nations think about what they're doing. This could spin out of control. We need to work with Russia, China and Venezuela and get them to impose pressure on North Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  206. Antoine in Plant City, FL

    Nothing really. The weapons they're developing are fission based, yielding kilotons of power. Have we forgotten that the U.S. and other Western nations have hydrogen bombs with MEGATONS (1,000 times more powerful) of destructive potential... and enough of them to wipe out the world many times over at that!? Not that I sympathize with N. Korea, but in this crazy world, they are probably just attempting to even things up, not necessarily start a war.

    It's hard to "discipine" someone if things are at a double standard. Why can't N. Korea do what it wants? They're their own country. We of all people should know about individual freedoms. If they said the U.S. needs to "do" or "don't do," we'd have a fit. Why do some countries get to have nukes and others don't. Different government structure? Different skin color? And what happened to "practice what you preach" and "lead by example?"

    May 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  207. Zabih Rasa

    In regards with North Korea devil action, what I think could be the best approach for the world against this government is the same approach that NATO and United State have done with Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan.
    North Korea really needs a new government which works for both its people and world. So far, what was offered by the international world has always been ignored with North Korean government. Now it is the time to eradicate this cancerous cell from the body of the world.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  208. Marjorie Lominy

    One option that needs to be on the table when considering NoKo:China. Give them an important role in any negotiation. A stable NoKo is in their best interest. If NoKo falls China is sure to get an overflow of refugees. Let's share the burden.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  209. Daniel Cullison

    We should invade North Korea Maybe this time we'll actually find some weapons of mass distruction. That way we can destroy the country then rebuild it, and throw in a few military bases to maintain our strategist interests in the region. Hey do thay have any oil wells we could get? Honestly, Korea has always negociated from a position of creating a crisis, then back down at the last second. Nothing new.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  210. Fred

    Jack its simple he is Crying for His share of the Stimulas Package Just Pay Up and he will Shut Up or stop playing his Games. Worked before why not now!!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  211. Brian D

    They can do many things problem is their all bark and no bite kind of like a push over parent and as long as they remain that way North Korea will continue to play the tantrum game they get away with each and every time.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  212. Tim

    A Coalition of the Willing? Haha.

    Charles Town, WV

    May 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  213. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Obama Administration must make China see the light about North Korea in such away that China puts troops on the China North Korean border. North Korea would not go against the power of China. The Obama Administration must sell this to the Chinese Government that it is in their best interest to make North Korea give up its nuclear weapons ambitions.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  214. yeshiembet Gemaneh (Yeshi)

    This is 21st century whereas the world had learned a lot from the past mistakes made by few individual dictators. The Second World War caused great losses of human and unparallel devastation to world history. The North Korea should have learned a great deal from past experience. If they fail to cooperate with the rest of the world; the United Nations should make strong condemnation. It is shame, when so many people around the world struggling for their daily bread; this cowered act is simply inhuman; and every human being should condemn this dictatorship act and has no place at this era.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  215. Mr Hobbs

    I am not concerned with N. Korea's nuke program with regard to N. Korea's own ambitions... we know whrere their facilities are and a few surgical airstirkes will eliminate that... my concern is exportation of that technology.... the answer is, search every cargo ship that leaves their ports, every train and transport truck leaving their border.... monitor all air traffic.... this solution guarantees nonproliferation and cuts vital funding to Kim's government. Even better news, we now have concensus from Russuia & China..... a feat the previous administration was unable to accomplish.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  216. Richard New Hampshire

    Read the transcripts of the peace talks of the Korean war.This history will show how the North Koreans think.They will push past the opponents limits.Casualties are of little consequence to them.
    The world needs to be very careful with the North Koreans.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  217. Don in Delaware

    Cut them off. Nothing in, nothing out. A bully doesn't survive very long if no one pays attention to him.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  218. RetVet


    'ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL!'.....North Korea has been actively 'Manic' under both Reputrid and Demwits Parties....unless America is willing to risk Miliary Action and Financial Bankruptcy after, China calls in its IOU's from us, then we are forced to eat the muck that it spits at us!!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  219. R. L. Knapp

    What can be done about the North Korean nuclear weapons program? Realistically, there isn't anything that can be done that won't ignite an atomic conflagration. The lunatic ALREADY HAS THE BOMB!!! It's about 10 years too late to address the atomic programs of both Korea and Iran. This is simply the way our culture/society works - we shut the barn door only after the livestock are wandering the yard. The UN is useless as long as the five permanant members of the security council can veto anything that may engender positive substantive change. You'd not be asking this question if for reasons of politics China and Russia hadn't vetoed previous UN resolutions with meaningful sanctions. Furthermore, does anyone think that we are going to make a serious effort to address global warming before the coastal regions start to submerge?

    R. L Knapp Dallas, Texas

    May 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  220. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    If there could be agreement with China, Russia and Japan, North Korea could be effectively isolated and cut off from any shipment of food and other supplies. I realize that Kim Jung Il has no concern for the well being of his people but such action might spark them to action and get rid of his regime.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  221. Joy

    jack if I know the answer to your question I will be working in the state department or working for the Predident. But I do know that the north Korea need attention, and are hungry for power. I do think that the President should try and engage with north korea. What do we have to lose by talking. Anyway what do I know. I pray for the citizen of that country. Because there leader don't care about them.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  222. Ronald E Antioch CA

    Jack, you are gonna think I'm nuts but here goes: I say let them have their nukes. Any nation that wants to develope nuclear weapons should be allowed to do so. The notion that we can have nuclear weapons, and you can't is unsustainable. The good news is that the The MAD doctrine actually works. This doctrine has kept the United States and the Soviet Union; now Russia, from starting WWIII for fifty-plus years. The United States should state clearly and unequivocally that any nation that launches a nuclear attack will be destroyed... That proclamation may be tested once; I doubt it; but, there may be one foolish leader that wants to commit suicide... The retaliatory-distructuon of an agressive nation will be a strong deterrent to others. So, I say: Let them have their nukes, and use them if you dare.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  223. Matthew in San Jose

    All I can think about when hearing this question today was that you can never stop nations, and their leaders, who are opposed to an international belief of right and wrong. How can we expect them to cease all weapon manufacturing when they are clearly unhappy with the status quo? We need to find a way to address their issues with the current world order. If you just try to take their weapons away they will find a new way to build up their arsenal.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  224. Peter (Canada)

    Kim Jong-Il, despite his bluster, has no serious intent to wage a nuclear war or use nuclear weapons. His citizens may have been brought up to believe they're at risk from the US "imperialists" – but Kim, the ruling elite, and the rest of the world knows the truth: he's just trying to consolidate his power, keep North Korea in the news, and in the process gain a bargaining chip to receive more aid with.

    That way he can keep his populace content (i.e. not starving) and keep the stage set for the inevitable power transfer to his son.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  225. Jerry; Alpharetta, GA

    The six party negotiations should be reduced to five, North Korea must be sent to the sidelines. There is no negotiating with the North Korean government with its current leadership. The real power is China. The remaining four must recognize the power that China has in truly resolving this issue. China should be given leadership of the five party negotiations and the lead role in enforcing the decisions made by the group. We cannot trust this to the United Nations who has consistently demonstrated their ineptness at handling any real issue.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  226. Carl

    In my opinion, nothing. Did we not get where we are at today threw Nuclear Testing? The international community and the United States should just follow the progress they make in testing, it's not worth going to war over there testing is it? Live and let live, not dictate and rule every other country that we disagree with. Our country needs to be the Peace makers, not the War makers.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  227. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Pray......... can't think of anything else, Jack. Pray that N. Korea is eventually freed of their insane dictator!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  228. Ronnie, CA

    Nothing at all. So what if they have nuke's don't we! I think people should stop trying to make it seem like Korea is out to bomb other nations. They have a right like the rest of the world don't they? Just imagin if Africa had this capability. Anyone trying to compete with the big nations is automatically labeled a threat, it's a shame.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  229. David - Canada

    Chip in for an open pass to Disney World for use whenever he feels unhappy, ignored or insulted and has the urge to tantrum or act out.

    Usually works for other self-centred and narcissistic children.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm |

    Nothing can be done without the support of China and Russia. They won't support any action to be taken against North Korea. The only option is to wipe North Korea off the face of th earth if they use a nuclear weapon.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  231. Gary in Lexington


    Sadly, there is nothing we can do short of a military strike, and that will NEVER occur due to our being involved in a war in Iraq. Also, Russia and China would be a huge obstacle. A favorite line from a TV series went like this: "we are screwed and more screwed"!


    May 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  232. Dom Sira

    Offer them to end famine issues and international trading in exchange of kim jong ill to retire!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  233. Jesse Blue

    The current situation with N. Korea is like the bully in the sandbox. What do you do with those bullies? You take their toys away.
    You can't ignore them. You can't isolate them. You can't negotiate with them unless it's on their terms. So you need to make it illegal to do any business with them and or any trade, till the point they want to negotiate cause they have to. From there set negotiations where the goals are met first like third party demolition on their nuclear facilities.
    I would go further on details but I don't get paid to make those decisions.
    This is from Gene in Ohio.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  234. Kyle

    Many of the blogs read previously were unrealistic and would cause much conflict. In order to swiftly and safely end North Korea's pursuit of Nuclear weapons, the UN needs to stop international trade with the country, or heavily tax imports. This would have dramatic effects on the countries economy and stability, therefore it will only benifit their leaders to cease production.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  235. TC

    Subject: North Korea.

    Mr. Obama's should pick up the phone and invite N. Korea leader to the White House not to talk about any business.
    Let First Ladies go on a tour of Washington, DC. If the Ladies hit it off together this would be a done deal.
    I remember when the previous leader of Russia came to New York; I still have tears in my eyes from that.
    This would open up the doors for better communication, and possible come up with a deal between the US and N. Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  236. Brian - Trinidad

    We need to expose Western Companies,especially US owned and operated,that supply North Korea with equipment etc to make these bombs.Anyone that believes that a poor, under-developed country like this can develop an extremely sophisticated weapon like a long-range guided missile by itself is too stupid to engage in this debate.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  237. perry jones

    we have two choices wait or destroy
    perry jones

    May 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  238. Henk Vandenbergh

    Stop sending food and supplies to Korea. Though our intention is to help the starving people there, what we send there does nothing but support the regime. Haven't we been naive enough these past years?
    I know, they're blackmailing civilized people by starving millions: "unless you keep supporting us by sending food and supplies, millions will starve". That is terrorism, and the US does NOT negotiate with terrorists.

    Henk in Colorado

    May 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  239. Bruce

    Stop selling them components? Stop sending them a message that only non-nuclear countries are eligible for invasion? Perhaps start a trading program to improve relationships?

    May 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  240. Jeff in Sims, NC

    How about we close our markets to China until THEY do something about North Korea.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  241. E.Lebron

    We should take are troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. And send our troops to North Korea. Iraq and Afghanistan don"t have nuclear weapons. North Korea is a threat to the world.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  242. Tony Engelmore, Ithaca, NY

    King Jong II is like a spoiled two-year old demanding attention. He just wants to be seen as an important player among the world's nations. Treat him like any other spoiled child. Send him to bed without his atomic weapons.

    May 26, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  243. mark

    Nope. They have every right to pursue nuclear weapons as long as ANYONE else in the world chooses to possess them.

    May 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  244. David S

    North Korea is really hurting its citizen with this propaganda there doing. China and the rest of the world should take a resolution to halt North korea actions. But dont hurt the kids of their country. Its not there actions.

    May 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  245. DAME-O / TEXAS

    Jack, I was hoping you could tell me. I have no clue!!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  246. Paul in New Orleans, LA

    I sense troubled waters on the horizon for N. Korea if they continue doing this nuclear scare every three years...first in 2006 and now this year. We need a biological neuroweapon that can eat away nuclear waste and hoping UN are thinking about it before another scare in 2012

    May 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  247. Remo .............. Austin, Texas

    Are we not still involved in a "Police Action" with North Korea?
    Nothing we did then had any effect on them. I doubt any peaceful thing we do now will have an effect.

    May 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  248. Tony in South Carolina

    Treat North Korea as the bully on the block that it is. Stop playing the game. Walk away from all talks and negotiations.

    Park a few Tomahawk nuclear missiles AND ships full of grain and other necessities off their coasts. Make it clear that cooperation with the nations of the world earns the grain.

    Then shut up!

    May 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  249. Chijioke Ogham-Emeka

    Unless the international community, led by the US and China, puts Kim Jong Il where he belongs; backyard of history, like Saddam Hussein, more rogue countries will follow Lil' Kim's bad example. The result is that the world will soon be a huge conflagration waiting to explode. This is not the time to ask 'what about countries that are also nuke-armed?'. Nuke in Kim's hands is far too dangerous for North's neighbors and the world. Let the US and China close up diplomatically and take a drastic action through the Security Council (no unilateral action please). Finally, Iran is watching.

    May 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  250. africadevelopment

    We must ask ourselves why do the North Koreans want nuclear weapons and would they feel safer without them? Is someone threatening them with weapons, wars and destruction? Tell me what will you do when a country that has hundreds of nuclear war heads and has a history of using them threatens you daily?

    May 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm |