Why doesn't the US invade North Korea like they did for Sadaam and Muammar Ghadaffi?

The leader if North Korea is outright saying he has weapons and will do everything in his power to harm the US, but it seems as if we are not taking him seriously. If the South would have won, we wouldn't have to ask this question.

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  • R T
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    Because we have Dennis Rodman doing the diplomacy this time.

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  • 7 years ago

    The US used UN Resolutions on Iraq as an excuse to invade.

    Libya was a United Nations enforcement mission, not something the US did on its own.

    North Korea is a special case.

    Back in the 1950s, North Korea invaded South Korea.

    The United Nations intervened militarily. South Korea was liberated, North Korea was defeated.

    (So where you got the strange idea South Korea lost is a mystery.)

    The war didn't end with a peace treaty. Instead, fighting halted with a UN Ceasefire.

    If the US breaks the ceasefire by attacking, the UN will be right back at war with North Korea again.

    And that would severely p*ss off all the UN countries that fought in the Korean War and have no desire to go back and finish off North Korea once and for all.

    The US literally can't afford to p*ss off any more allies or trade partners when the US economy is circling the drain and could collapse at any moment.

    Additional to which is this: North Korea doesn't mean any of its threats.

    It hasn't attacked anyone or actually done anything except talk tough.

    Every time the UN does something North Korea doesn't like, it takes a temper tantrum.

    That's exactly what North Korea's doing right now.

    The reason they're upset is because the UN slapped with with a bunch of trade sanctions over their recent nuclear tests.

    Same as every other time North Korea blows a gasket, just ignore them.

    Unless the UN authorizes the US to break the ceasefire, that's all you can do.

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  • 7 years ago

    First off, we didn't invade Libya, we supported the rebels there.

    As for the question, there are quite a few reasons why we don't go into North Korea:

    1) No oil.

    2) 1,000,000 land mines along the 38th parallel, which separates the two Koreas. We would lose hundreds, if not thousands, in the initial land attack. This would turn public opinion against the war very quickly.

    3) South Korea doesn't want a quick resolution to the conflict. They would rather have a slow handover of power, so as to avoid an economic vacuum which would destroy the economic stability of South Korea as factories and mills moved north of the border. The same thing happened when East and West Germany were reunited.

    4) No oil. I know I said that one already, but it bares repeating.

    Source(s): Lived and worked in South Korea for almost three years.
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  • Fabby
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    Iraq was attacked because it invaded Kuwait and sponsored the bombing of the World Trade Center.

    What did North Koreans do to justify an attack on them? Remember this country was ever ruled by China, invaded by Japan as well as invaded by USA (during the Korean War). So obviously they are very defensive to protect themselves and therefore they figured out they need nuclear weapons to be able to defend itself against attacks? I believe they only want to defend and not attack knowing they would never win against USA and China/Russia too would not want to see a nuclear war.

    Unfortunately it was sanctioned for its research efforts on nuclear weapons when other countries with the self-developed technology to develop nuclear weapons were not sanctioned. I believe they feel that they are being unfairly treated and picked upon. Furthermore, its ships were often seized by other countries.

    The recent activities suggest that they are more likely to only use nuclear if they are attacked by USA/South Korean combined force and they are currently feeling that it would be attacked by nuclear weapons anytime especially since there is a B-52 exercise coming up. I dont think they would want to start a nuclear war as there are enough United Nations permanent members that would be against such actions.

    As the news has been suggesting that there is no way they could attack USA right now using nuclear and this means that it could be attacked without being able to strike the attackers and could only strike the South Koreans, they could only boast their own morale and send the message "back-off" by claiming they would strike US bases in Japan so that no one would want to attack North Korea.

    Plenty of cons if their own country is attacked and no benefit for attacking South Korea. What are their options? Play defense and play occasional small conventional attacks.

    USA has no benefit (and would waste lots of money and have lots of people killed) if they attack North Korea and North Koreans never attacked them unlike Iraq. Same for both North and South Korea no benefit if a war starts. No one wins if there is a war so this is going to be a stalemate.

    It is going to be this situation, the country that attacks others first would be seen as the country at fault by everyone and would be accused of trying to start World War 3. So it is likely to be a stalemate.

    Also please verify the sources of data regarding which side actually said what because reporters have been known to sometimes report inaccurately as well as add "spice" to news and this time the spices could actually trigger off a World War 3 which I know we all wish to avoid as it would mean money and friends being lost.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    No oil in Korea. I think Kim Jong Un is trying too hard to make North Korea an outlaying possession of US. Last thing we want is trying to figure out what to do with a whole nation that is so indoctrinated Nazi Germany is a beacon of wisdom in comparinson.

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  • Cody
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Were we to commit a preemptive, non-nuclear attack against N. Korea there is a very real possibility that Red China would come to their aid. You want to fight a land war against 100 gazillion fanatical Chinese and N. Koreans?

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    So where is the oil in North Korea?

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  • 7 years ago

    We already have troops elsewhere, why the Hell would you want our troops to go somewhere else next. Anyways we have about 500k soldiers they have 2.5m do we really want to try our chances. We know we are dangerous this is why we don't engage them.

    Source(s): JROTC, we study this everyday.
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  • 7 years ago

    We have plenty of troops already near him. Un will go down as the biggest fool of the year.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Because we have a much smarter President than we had then.

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