President Bush on Monday called North Korea's claim of a successful nuclear test "unacceptable" and "provocative," and warned Kim Jong-Il's regime that the U.S. would honor its commitments to protect its Asian allies.
Bush also charged that North Korea had defied the international community, "and the international community will respond," he said in reference to Monday morning's meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Read more.
If you were president, what would you ask the international community to do in response to North Korea's nuclear test?
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"The people of North Korea need to deal with this. If the world cuts off all support, the starving people will eventually have no choice but to revolt (as they should have done by now). A country can't survive on military alone." — M.D.
"I would ask the international community why they always expect the U.S. to solve the world's problems, as if we're some sort of parent. The U.S. should withdraw from the U.N., kick them off U.S. soil, and then they can choose what to spend billions of dollars on. The world should tread lightly when it comes to asking too much. The U.S. could once again isolate itself, so be careful what you wish for." — Dana (Lake City, FL)
"I would dare North Korea to fire a nuclear weapon. No more negotiations. At some point you have to stand-up to the bullies in the world. If you don't, they will just be encouraged to push you around more. I'd check on our ability to neutralize the North Korean military and government with strategic preemptive strikes. That should give the people of North Korea a fighting chance at any coup they might want to undertake to over through the government. Squeeze the North Korean government until they capitulate." — David (The Woodlands, TX)
"First, I would NOT impose more economic sanctions, because that would only punish the citizens of North Korea, who are already starving and destitute. Second, any kind of unilateral military strike would be out of the question, because the U.S. military is already spread too thin in Iraq and Afghanistan. The only sound option is to engage in diplomatic communications with the North Korean government and try to reach a level of understanding with the leaders. Only after all else has failed, as a very last measure, should the threat of a multilateral military response be used." — Sean (Ames, OH)
"If the North Koreans will not stop the nuclear testing now, I would begin helping South Korea and Japan become nuclear powers to balance the playing field. China, Russia and others say they will okay more sanctions for the North Koreans, but that will only be temporary, as we have seen in the past. It is time to make a stand now, or begin to prepare to endure a real challenge in the days ahead. Our problem began when the Korean War was stopped at the 38th parallel." — David
"If I were president, I would not make any public comment on North Korea. I would let Ambassador Bolton work with the U.N., but would not dignify the event with a presidential remark. North Korea is insignificant so long as they do not use their arsenal against the U.S. or our allies, or sell their arms to others that use them against us." — Mark (Iowa)
"I would call China and tell them this is their hour to shine. If they choose not to take charge in this matter, they will only hurt their economic future. They would also look like a weak and questionable ally to the rest of the world. If that happens, we will take the matter into our own hands and carry out military strikes against the nuclear sites inside North Korea and take out Kim Jong Il." — J.R. (Pennsylvania)
"Both Iran and North Korea thumb their noses at the United States to show their respective countrymen that they are in charge and are willing to confront the big superpower. The louder we cry foul, the more they'll do it. We need to quietly try to calm things down, probably through a 'friendlier' intermediary. After all, when Pakistan became a nuclear power it didn't turn out badly." — Gerald (Kansas)
"I would ask the world to somehow design a way to send millions of pounds of food to starving North Korean people, telling them it was free from the world, and if they want more, to get rid of evil people ruining their lives. Let's see if starving people will revolt against tyranny." — David (Lake Tahoe, NV)
"I would form a multilateral embargo. If that fails, I would encourage the south to air anti-Kim Jong Il radio broadcasts and encourage a pro-democracy coup. Then, I'd monitor the situation with unmanned drones, and establish a naval blockade in international waters." — Jerry (Greer, SC)
"North Korea and Iran both have just as much right to nuclear technology as any other nation, and, in case you forgot, our universities taught them how to use it." — Phil
"I would strongly encourage China to clean up its own neighborhood, because they are the only ones who have real influence with North Korea. I'd do this by strengthening the U.S.'s relations with a remilitarized Japan, and alluding to the U.S. possibly recognizing an Independent Taiwan. Finally, I would attempt to form a four-way alliance between India, Australia, Japan and the U.S. This would help ensure that China keeps a permanent lid on North Korea." — John (Coopersburg, PA)
"As president, I would let China deal with North Korea. China consistently sits back and does nothing because they know the U.S. will step in and do everything. It's time they step up to the plate and realize that they have a responsibility, just like we do, to help safeguard the people of the world from nuclear proliferation or, at the very least, their one billion citizens." — Patrick (Cincinnati, OH)
"If I were president, I would continue to stay the course on the diplomatic track with the U.N. Security Council. However, I would ramp up the military response if all diplomatic resources have been exhausted. Action is critical." — J.J.
"I would offer a $100 million reward to the first North Korean General who raises a successful coup against Kim Il Jung and brings democratic elections to the country." — Kevin (Georgia)
"China is the cement that holds North Korea together I would begin by insisting that the international community put pressure on China and withhold those commodities that allow North Korea to function. Heavy sanctions are the only answer. Leadership change in North Korea is next. " — James
"If I were president, I would engage North Korea in one-on-one talks to try to negotiate a reasonable solution to the nuclear problem instead of labeling them part of 'The Axis of Evil,' whatever that means." — Carl (Maine)
"The sanctions we have proposed against North Korea are not strong enough. We need to ban all exports of food, in addition to the items already proposed. We should strongly encourage other nations to do the same. It will be unfortunate for the innocent citizens of North Korea, but since the government isn't listening to the rest of the world, maybe the people of North Korea have to take matters into their own hands and get rid of the leaders in their government." — Jack McElroy (Michigan)
"I would urge all other nations to stop exports to North Korea immediately. If they tested one more bomb, I would send bunker busters to all their test sites and their research facilities." — B.D.
"Since the Chinese aren't willing put pressure on North Korea to yield to our demands for disarmament, I would hand over nuclear weapons to Taiwan. This simple response would send a very clear message to Beijing. If you allow enemies of the U.S. to possess nuclear weapons, then we will allow your enemies to possess nuclear weapons. It's that simple." — Ben (Nashville, TN)
"I would order a limited strike on all of North Korea's nuclear sites using low-yield nuclear warheads on cruise missiles. The U.N. is a disaster that will do nothing but issue paper threats. We have to do what we have to do." — Bob
"I would work very closely with other countries in the region and around the world to put pressure on North Korea. I would advise against 'buying' their compliance, because that would be just giving in to blackmail and encouraging other countries to try the same tactic. My main concern would be to make it clear that the U.S. is not playing the Lone Ranger, but is working in tandem with the rest of the world. If North Korea refuses to comply, it should be a joint force that confronts them with joint leadership. The rest of the world should NOT be looking at the U.S. to be the world's police force." — Russ (Beaver Creek, OR)
"If I were president, I would ask the international community to cut off all funding to North Korea and to issue a strong warning for military action if they continue testing." — Amanda (Palestine, TX)
"I would have done what Jong-Il wanted from the very beginning — sit down and talk to him face-to-face. What we have to gain is mutual understanding; what we have to lose is destruction. He wants to speak to us. Every time we refuse, he'll try something desperate to force our hand. We will reach the point of no return if we don't give him our ear." — Terry (Amarillo, TX)
"Forget about them, and their society will eventually crumble." — Nicholas
"Publicly, I would ignore them, just as I would ignore a child throwing a temper tantrum. Privately, I would do what is necessary to build a robust human intelligence network within the regime." — Peter
"The only thing we can, and should, do is a pre-emptive strike. If we don't demonstrate that we are serious in dealing with these people and all terrorists, the only ones who will be sorry will be us. These people want to kill us and we need to stop them now." — Kevin (New Jersey)