pre-emptive strike

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Noun1.pre-emptive strike - a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you
coup de main, surprise attack - an attack without warning
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In view of the nature and scale of US military reinforcements, they are designed to make a pre-emptive strike against the DPRK," Ju told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, adding that Washington has been "deploying large nuclear assets" on the Korean peninsula, Sputnik reported.
administration disagreements over a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
In a diplomatic showdown at a UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, North Korea responded by blaming Washington for escalating confrontation, saying it was deploying nuclear assets including aircraft carriers near the divided peninsula and was considering a pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang.
Lim Eul Chul, a North Korea expert at South Korea's Kyungnam University, said the comments by the North demonstrate how angry it is but that the country is not likely to launch a pre-emptive strike against the United States.
He asserted that India may abandon NFU and launch a pre-emptive strike against Pakistan if it believed that Pakistan was going to use nuclear weapons or most likely the tactical nuclear weapons against it.
A successful disarming, decapitating or pre-emptive strike against adversary possessing credible nuclear weapons capability is considered an impossibility as a rational decision,' he maintained hoping that India would act as 'a rational actor and would not undertake this dangerous exercise of launching a pre-emptive strike.
The pre-emptive strike thwarted a "terrorist attack", according to a previous statement by the military spokesman
1967: Israeli forces launch a pre-emptive strike on Egypt.
In What appears to be a pre-emptive strike, a local legislator has filed a bill to regulate how insurance companies treat gun owners.
Netanyahu, who called Rohani a "wolf in sheep's clothing" despite his "sweet talk", said that fears of an international reaction to a pre-emptive strike do not outweigh the potential benefits of such a move.
But in reality, the Israeli pre-emptive strike was no less vicious than the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour.