Dealing With North Korea

Ever wish you could whisper in the president's ear? Give him advice on issues plaguing the nation? Well, here's your chance to tell the world what you would do if you were president of the United States. Twice weekly, we'll ask our readers a question about an issue facing the nation and post your responses here.

Today's topic:

North Korea asserted it has full autonomy to conduct missile tests, and outsiders do not have the right to criticize its plans, Japan's Kyodo News agency reported Tuesday. Before the latest statement, North Korea's apparent moves toward test launching a long-range ballistic missile already spiked tensions in the region and drew warnings of serious repercussions from the United States and others. Read more.

If YOU were president, what would be your response if North Korea test-fires a long-range missile?

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Check out what FOX Fans are saying:

"No response, just a real 'demonstration' of how our missles work. I think we should 'test' our capabilities as a reminder as to what America is capable of." — Andy (Newton, NC)

"I would tell North Korea that if they intend to use this weapon, then we will shoot it out of the sky, treating it as an act of war, and defend ourselves appropriately." — Bart

"The message I think we should send isn't possible due to our troops being beyond stretched thin in Iraq. It is unfortunate, but it is time to act clearly and decisively against North Korea. It is disgusting that we have wasted resources and lives in Iraq when Saddam was no threat to us or the world, when all this time Jong-Il is much more of threat." — Karen (Boston, MA)

"I would try to shoot it down over international waters if South Korea gives their approval." — Val

"Any action by the United States sends a message to both North Korea and Iran. If North Korea successfully test-fires a long-range missile, the world must be ready to respond with more than a verbal condemnation. The strongest message that can be sent is a response from the United States or another allied nation in the form of a missile intercept." — Matt

"Kim Jong-Il is indeed detrimental to the welfare of the people of the North but he is not a direct threat to the United States, at least as far as his little rocket is concerned. U.S. ballistic missile and nuclear warhead technology has had the benefit of a half-century of experience and hundreds of billions of dollars. This might make intercontinental ballistic missile technology look easy — it's not. The North Koreans aren't even close." — David (Houston, TX)

"I would put development of space-based missile defenses on the fast track, and add an offensive capability. By using Intel and real-time surveillance, we could put a kinetic ball on Kim Jong-Il." — Barry (New Port Richey, FL)

"If I were the president, I would have satellites able to pinpoint exactly where the missile would be launched from and if Kim Jong-Il launched it, I would bomb that entire site." — Tim (Richmond, VA)

"I would consider diplomatic communication with The Peoples Republic of China and use a threat of a trade embargo with them. Trade would not resume until they secured the leash more tightly around North Korea." — Dave

"If I were president, I would wait for them to launch their missile, destroy it over their territory with one of our missiles, and treat it as an act of war. I would work together with South Korea while diffusing North Korea with bombers. A few hundred planes attacking all military sites in the North Korea would be a good start." — Jeremy (Kansas)

"If I were president, I would use our missile defense system to shoot the missile as it leaves the launch pad while simultaneously delivering a cruise missile at North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. If North Korea tries to attack South Korea in response, then it would be appropriate to attack North Korea in earnest — not with ground troops, but rather with a huge air power attack." — Larry (Homeland, CA)

"I would do nothing other than continue political pressure. Either North Korea just wants some press, or this is a test of our response to a missile threat. We should observe and take note, but if we respond, we will be playing into their hands." — David (College Station, TX)