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Using nuclear weapons doesn't mean that you explode them on your ennemiesenemies.
It's a bit like armed robbery. Even if you didn't pull the trigger, you still used a gun to rob the bank (or whatever) *1.

In that sense North Korea has used its nuclear weapons. You could have speculated that North Korea could be invaded 1 or 2 years ago. Today that is no longer a possibility. Countries with nuclear weapons do not get invaded. Period.

Whether Kim is crazy is not that relevant; any leader has about the same strategy. It's called MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction), meaning: how ever strong you are, how ever sneaky you can attack me, I will have the will, the capability and enough time to shoot back, then we both die. In no way does North Korea have the intention to explode nuclear weapons as a first strike. Whomever tells you something different is not trying to inform you, they are trying to disinform you.

Would they really launch nuclear weapons, if they got invaded, knowing they would be vaporized one hour later? I think the answer is yes. Today we know how close the CubaCuban missile crisis came to armagedonArmageddon (very very close). The Cuban leaders were ready to launch all their missiles at U.S. cities, the second an American invasion would start. Notice, they could have destroyed up to (about) 200 American cities. I think any leader of any country with nuclear weapons would react identically.

*1: I stole this example from Noam Chomsky

Using nuclear weapons doesn't mean that you explode them on your ennemies.
It's a bit like armed robbery. Even if you didn't pull the trigger, you still used a gun to rob the bank (or whatever) *1.

In that sense North Korea has used its nuclear weapons. You could have speculated that North Korea could be invaded 1 or 2 years ago. Today that is no longer a possibility. Countries with nuclear weapons do not get invaded. Period.

Whether Kim is crazy is not that relevant; any leader has about the same strategy. It's called MAD, meaning: how ever strong you are, how ever sneaky you can attack me, I will have the will, the capability and enough time to shoot back, then we both die. In no way does North Korea have the intention to explode nuclear weapons as a first strike. Whomever tells you something different is not trying to inform you, they are trying to disinform you.

Would they really launch nuclear weapons, if they got invaded, knowing they would be vaporized one hour later? I think the answer is yes. Today we know how close the Cuba missile crisis came to armagedon (very very close). The Cuban leaders were ready to launch all their missiles at U.S. cities, the second an American invasion would start. Notice, they could have destroyed up to (about) 200 American cities. I think any leader of any country with nuclear weapons would react identically.

*1: I stole this example from Noam Chomsky

Using nuclear weapons doesn't mean that you explode them on your enemies.
It's a bit like armed robbery. Even if you didn't pull the trigger, you still used a gun to rob the bank (or whatever) *1.

In that sense North Korea has used its nuclear weapons. You could have speculated that North Korea could be invaded 1 or 2 years ago. Today that is no longer a possibility. Countries with nuclear weapons do not get invaded. Period.

Whether Kim is crazy is not that relevant; any leader has about the same strategy. It's called MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction), meaning: how ever strong you are, how ever sneaky you can attack me, I have the will, the capability and enough time to shoot back, then we both die. In no way does North Korea have the intention to explode nuclear weapons as a first strike. Whomever tells you something different is not trying to inform you, they are trying to disinform you.

Would they really launch nuclear weapons, if they got invaded, knowing they would be vaporized one hour later? I think the answer is yes. Today we know how close the Cuban missile crisis came to Armageddon (very very close). The Cuban leaders were ready to launch all their missiles at U.S. cities, the second an American invasion would start. Notice, they could have destroyed up to (about) 200 American cities. I think any leader of any country with nuclear weapons would react identically.

*1: I stole this example from Noam Chomsky

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Using nuclear weapons doesn't mean that you explode them on your ennemies.
It's a bit like armed robbery. Even if you didn't pull the trigger, you still used a gun to rob the bank (or whatever) *1.

In that sense North Korea has used its nuclear weapons. You could have speculated that North Korea could be invaded 1 or 2 years ago. Today that is no longer a possibility. Countries with nuclear weapons do not get invaded. Period.

Whether Kim is crazy is not that relevant; any leader has about the same strategy. It's called MAD, meaning: how ever strong you are, how ever sneaky you can attack me, I will have the will, the capability and enough time to shoot back, then we both die. In no way does North Korea have the intention to explode nuclear weapons as a first strike. Whomever tells you something different is not trying to inform you, they are trying to disinform you.

Would they really launch nuclear weapons, if they got invaded, knowing they would be vaporized one hour later? I think the answer is yes. Today we know how close the Cuba missile crisis came to armagedon (very very close). The Cuban leaders were ready to launch all their missiles at U.S. cities, the second an American invasion would start. Notice, they could have destroyed up to (about) 200 American cities. I think any leader of any country with nuclear weapons would react identically.

*1: I stole this example from Noam Chomsky