Concern over North Korean rocket launch
How should U.S. respond to missile?
- Duration 4:48
- Date Apr 12, 2012
How should U.S. respond to missile?
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John Bolton is a former US ambassador to the U and he's live in Saint Louis today ambassador Bolton -- -- North Korea doesn't look -- sounds.
Like the enemy -- the -- were -- for ten years plus -- why should we pay attention here.
Well this is a country with that that's demonstrated it has nuclear weapons it's a state sponsor of terrorism it's one of the most authoritarian regimes in the world.
It has worked for decades with the -- on ballistic missiles and quite likely on nuclear weapons as well it's so.
Desperately -- would sell any thing it has for hard currency.
So this is a threat not just in northeast Asia although it certainly is there but but worldwide and one we should be a lot more concerned about.
Lead -- never referred to the axis of evil have we ignored North Korea too much.
Over the past several years.
Well I think it's not so much ignoring it as believing that we could reach a deal with them where they would happily give up their nuclear weapons capability in the administration did that.
Right at the end of February only to have North Korea put their thumb right in there -- yet again by announcing this missile launch so.
When you combine that with the rumors in South Korea that the launch could be followed by.
North Korea's third nuclear test think that underlines how grave this threat really is.
What we were showing our screen is a few moments ago was that.
A picture from the Associated Press we mention that some journalists have been allowed into North Korea and given really unprecedented access to take a look at this rocket that the north Koreans say.
Is a satellite -- and what others say is -- -- missile test and you see in the right handed your screen that's the most current photo that's being compared.
To -- previous launch in the past ambassador -- you see there's three scenarios that we as a public should watch for if this thing.
Go it was a really over the last -- over the next couple days there's three scenarios what RNA.
Well the first day is that this missile just blows up on the launching pad -- though the launch itself is not successful.
That would be encouraging in the sense that they haven't made as much progress is perhaps they might have.
And it but it could signal a real struggle for leadership inside North Korea this openness that they've demonstrated as you just said with journalists coming in really unprecedented in.
My experience so it would be a real humiliation if the -- the launch failed.
At that the second possibility is that the launch goes off but the missile goes off track get toward South Korea or Japan.
Very interesting here Japan -- particular it's been concerned about.
North Korea and China's nuclear capabilities working hard on missile defense.
Something of course the Obama administration is dramatically cut back for our own country.
If if this missile landed in South Korea or Japan we would have a major international incident on our hands and and one that would bring.
The region -- crisis very quickly.
And then third of course is that they that the missile.
The launch goes successfully and actually do put something in orbit and that would be the most disturbing outcome -- all.
Because it would mean that North Korea's progress on its ballistic missile program probably working with Iran.
Has gotten pretty far along and and their next step to make that missile with a nuclear warhead.
Getting ever closer a real threat to the United States and all of our friends around the world.
Is aptly says it it get missile goes happen is successful in the satellite the rocket whatever you wanna call it goes up -- the -- is successful bening gives.
-- -- longer range it to get to the United States some suggest should we shoot it down.
If it goes -- no matter where goes.
Should we shoot it down.
Well you know you know the first question is do we have the capability of doing that and while there's a theoretical possibility we could if we.
Take assets from all over the world and concentrated on this one launch site.
I think with that underlines is that the grave damage that the Obama administration has done over the last three years.
To our missile defense capabilities if the Bush Administration programs.
Had simply been allowed to continue I think there'd be little doubt we could shoot this down the right now we've been stripped of programs that were proving themselves successful.
Leaving our country forget our friends and allies for -- of leading our country.
More vulnerable so if the north Koreans have made the kind of progress that it's possible they'll demonstrate here.
We are way way behind the curve in protecting ourselves.
From North Korea from Iran potentially other threats like Venezuela's they've developed leading our civilian population incredibly vulnerable.
Washer and -- doing these tests for several administrations we should mention as well so we'll see at this time this tax.
If the patterns repeated or maybe a new pattern is -- ambassador Bolton thank you so much always nice to have you --