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Threat of Force

Definition - What does Threat of Force mean?

Threat of force refers to when a country demands that another country follow an agreement or a set of rules for fear of retribution. The act of forcing another party to agree on an international level due to duress is considered threat of force.

"Threat of force" can also refer to individual criminal acts, where the perpetrator uses the threat to carry out unlawful confinement, false imprisonment or kidnapping.

Justipedia explains Threat of Force

Threat of force is often said or implied, but not carried out. For instance, North Korea uses threat of force on a regular basis against the U.S. and has not yet followed through with it. Many countries use the threat of force to be able to dictate the terms of any agreement.

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