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Gates: N. Korea should weigh moves carefully

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would respond quickly if moves by the communist government threaten America or its Asian allies.

"We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in the region — or on us," Gates told an annual international meeting of defense and security officials from Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our options here are very limited. China is North Korea's largest trading partner, and its diplomacy is probably the best remedy in terms of persuading North Korea to cool its rhetoric, if this can at all be done.

By saying that the armistice no longer applies, it could well be that Kim Jong Il is looking for a permanent peace treaty with South Korea, coupled with aid and trade opportunities with the West.