preventive strike

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Noun1.preventive strike - a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
strike - an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
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He has pursued a unilateral policy and has held open the possibility of a preventive strike without prior approval from Seoul.
In Washington, talk of a preventive strike against the North seems to have lost its momentum not because the North's nuclear threat was overlooked, but because of concerns over a catastrophic calamity, likely if not certainly, to follow any actual military strike out of several options that may have been "locked and loaded.
Force will be necessary to deal with North Korea if it attacks first, but not through a preventive strike that could start a nuclear war.
The threat of war on the Korean peninsula cannot be ruled out but a preventive strike against North Korea will cost millions of lives and plunge the global economy into a recession or even a depression.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that the ruling North Korean party has vowed to boost military muscle and preventive strike capabilities.
Militarily, however, preemptive attack forfeits some of the benefit of surprise that can be kept by a preventive strike.
Thus, in his 2013 Nowruz speech, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened to destroy the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a preventive strike against Iran's nuclear infrastracture --a threat subsequently repeated by other officials.
A preventive strike on Iraq was, the administration argued, an urgent necessity.
But Congress spokesperson and chairman of the prestigious parliamentary standing committee on law and justice, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, launched a preventive strike by resigning from both the posts late on Monday afternoon.
While Israel's strike against the Osirak Reactor may be a clear instance of a preventive strike, it does not represent an example of preventive war.
Almost as if he doing a preventive strike to avoid a feud with rappers on top of their game, Eminem admits he almost dissed Lil Wayne and Kanye West solely out of sheer jealousy and, in hindsight, muses, "Thank God that I didn't do it/I would of had my (expletive) handed to me/And I knew it.
Moreover, while a preventive strike would delay Iran's nuclear efforts, it would not stop the regime from rebuilding, and it might also create conditions that cause problems for the regime's domestic opponents.

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