Up until the end of the Cold War, we were at peace with North Korea because of the threat from China. From the end of the Cold War until the early part of this decade, we were at peace with North Korea mainly as a courtesy to China. Since then, we have been at peace with North Korea solely because they have nuclear weapons.Originally Posted by jamesrage
All-out war is unlikely, but there would certainly be a military response if the North Koreans kidnapped someone as high profile as Bill Clinton, as there should be. If they're going to kidnap our negotiators, then it makes negotiating rather difficult.
Uhh I think the American market is a little more important to them than the North Korean market. Besides, China doesn't want to lose face because of Kim Jong-il. If he did something like kidnapping an American president, China would condemn it in the strongest terms, just like every other nation.Originally Posted by jamesrage