North Korean nuclear test on the way?
What's next for rogue nation?
- Duration 4:07
- Date Apr 13, 2012
What's next for rogue nation?
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The new warnings today from the White House in North Korea listen to the international community.
Or face the consequences.
As there are new fears over the regime's next move after this failed long range missile tests if history is any sort of a guide the regime may try to save face within.
It even more provocative act may be a nuclear attacks and -- experts say that test could come very soon.
David Albright is president of the institute for science -- national security is also a former weapons inspector David nice to have you with us today.
Good to be here before we look forward let's just look back at the last -- -- four hours when we got the headline about the North Korea and rocket.
All it's that is that it fails but but tell us how -- of a line what did.
Between failure and six sacks.
Well it's if it's hearts -- know without a lot more detail about about the actual -- progression of the -- but it's.
It's certainly from -- -- US point of view.
And a western point of view it -- it's not a bad outcome and unfortunately it's North Korea's embarked on a long range missile program in and failures are inevitable and in the US had many units in its early days so I think it.
The north Koreans and probably learn from Paris and nine and go on but they've they certainly.
Have to be embarrassed by it and and non and and have to be worried about Tom how it looks domestically.
-- -- -- -- North Korea.
Let this this water tank it had near one of its nuclear sites -- the -- -- the world you know we're gonna back away from our nuclear program.
We just mentioned in our introductions you David that there's some concern that maybe another nuclear test is on the way do you think it -- What could be I mean that it looks like they've been preparing I'm new tunnel and after nuclear test site are for use and again we don't know.
But there has been a pattern historically that is if there's.
They do something like a missile tests -- sharp condemnation and an eight and then they do something else and it could be a nuclear test now.
They certainly have a motivation to try to do a nuclear tests I mean they're trying -- hone their skills as kind of nuclear weapon he errors.
And I think they've passed the point of being able to miniaturized for let's say -- -- no dawn titan missile armed but their interest and another other aspects of this and they wanna.
-- has our intrepid as any expert in -- field because you're mentioning that the skills that they have you know how would you grade them.
Is is North Korea -- at passing student when it comes to this type of technology.
You where where did they say it.
As far as the global community and some of the skills that they bring militarily.
Think they're big they're they've done pretty well for their technological.
Basis and and they they certainly appear to have nuclear weapons.
-- you have -- This are we assess that they know how to put a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile of of -- no don't type that it's it's it can reach Japan it's not gonna certainly -- -- reach the United States.
But that they do know how to miniaturized nuclear weapon they've they've been working on it for twenty years.
Were they don't know how to do things is is for example to get -- the explosive yield up there yield that was tested in.
2009 was was relatively small.
They probably want to have a much bigger nuclear explosion armed and is that what you're watching for next.
I think so I mean if they do it and if they try to -- a -- threshold.
They've been going out making announcements about about fusion weapons are sermon nuclear weapons H bombs in a sense.
And so I don't think they're anywhere near that now that they may use this test to try to learn about -- out.
And and often when they make these public announcements.
And they have been about the called fusion.
It usually means that they're working on it pretty seriously and it tests would provide an opportunity to test out what they've learned and try to learn more so I think it's.
It's a test is certainly something to try to prevent.
And it's certainly something not to provoke me not to -- to be very careful.
About how this situation is handled internationally so that you don't unnecessarily provoke them into doing it to us -- every -- Dicky pride.
On that area of the world is about David nice to have you today we look forward hadn't back thing.