Could U.S. legally hit North Korea first?

, The National Law Journal


As North Korea ratchets up its hostile rhetoric, international lawyers are debating whether the United States would have legal justification to launch a pre-emptive strike.

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  • AMcitizen

    As stated above, we are already in a declared state of war, therefore, why go to the Security Council (when that action would only provide notice). If we have the capability of neutralizing their aggression without use of nuclear weapons, or those that would only impact the North, and not harm any other countries, a plan to strike first and end the terrorist regime seems appropriate. We need not invade, or use any ground troops, simply strike all known facilities, nuclear plants, weapons manufacturing, and communications infrastructure... oh, and be sure to significantly impact current leadership.


    Given N. Korea has unilaterally withdrawn from the armistice, then what would be the reason the U.S. isn't presumptively already in a state of declared war?

  • Brian L

    Article overlooks the critical fact that the US and North Korea area already in a state of war, dating from the North's unprovoked 1950 invasion of South Korea. That was was interrupted by the 1953 Armistice, which North Korea has just renounced. So, the war is back on. Legally, the US is entitled to take military action at any time, up to and including invading and occupying the North.


    Legally sound article but wonder if politically and economically wise at this point in time.

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