What does North Korea' failed launch tell the US?
General Jack Keane weighs in
- Duration 4:19
- Date Apr 15, 2012
General Jack Keane weighs in
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North Korea's new leader has addressed his nation for the first time looking to assert himself with a military show of might.
After a failed rocket launched.
Greg how -- was -- the event in Pyongyang.
His message is very -- Military is first above all it's.
Exited stage in this military parade at Verizon missile arsenal of the North Korean military.
Short medium and long range rockets on display they don't always work.
With the regime -- that I always send the right music.
-- -- strong words from US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice condemning that missile launch according to rice the international community is not taking the development.
Lately joining us now to discuss the impact of the failed launch what we saw today.
Retired four star general -- former vice chief of staff of the army general Jack Keane general always good to see you through the student.
-- let's start with the failed launch very provocative.
I must accounts didn't go well for the north Koreans.
What are we can make -- -- Well it's pretty amazing given the fact that advanced rocket technologies and for many many years and these guys who can't seem -- -- it right.
So that's one thing -- -- about their competence level but at the same respect they do have a nuclear weapon they acquired most of that.
And with the cooperation.
Of the pakistanis and I think that the danger of this -- More than the obvious -- system on the nuclear weapon which is it which is its intent.
Is that normally when they have some humiliating.
Event like this they try to do something to regain some in international stature particularly with a new head of state here so.
Built built himself and an upcoming weeks whether that some provocation with the South Koreans or even -- and as serious as a nuclear test but something will be in the offing.
Going into day we saw Kim Jong -- speak for the first time -- not addressing the nation and there was this military -- that often like what they put on display it's very precise there are thousands of people there.
I -- -- what appeared to be.
A -- were bigger missile although we don't with a fake at this point we don't know exactly when it is.
On the could that be the additional provocation of the message coming after the failed launch saying look we have something even bigger and -- They may have dragged that out different parade and and not have intended to do that before that I'm in our intelligence services about some concerns from the leaders about.
Their capacity to build Intercontinental.
Ballistic missiles so that that maybe what they're saying but even more interest in is the fact that he made -- speech.
-- -- his father never made a speech -- the entire time that he was have a state.
I'm not suggesting that this is some kind of warming on the part of career and and North Korea reaching out to its people with the international community but -- -- is different.
Well and he mentioned a couple of key things today continued talk about strengthening the military how North Korea continue to advance and be very powerful in that respect.
But also we talked about having him -- prosperous nation for every one -- there wouldn't be this tightening of the belt in this struggle that the North Korean people upheld.
The but a lot of folks see those two things is inconsistent means governments spent a lot of money on its military might not developing these sound missiles -- there.
Successful or not -- but by most accounts the people there continue to suffer.
But that's a tragedy of north -- certainly we're we've been concerned about this country for sixty years -- -- -- -- -- state isolated from the world.
It's truly a militaristic state in the speech he talks about three priorities the military the military in the military.
And that is all at the expense of his people which is -- -- -- -- -- -- lives that they lead and the fact that they are not attending to improving the quality of life -- grants and that tragedy.
Will continue these guys are only interest and and one thing and that is to preservation of the regime.
That's why they have a nuclear weapon -- guarantees and M on preservation -- a way that.
It did not for Sodom Hussein because he did not have -- and also the other thing missile dangerous.
Is sitting right close to soul within 25 miles off thousands of -- to replaces.
That could just devastated that city so will always have concerns about these guys because of the kind of regime they are the kind of values they have.
And certainly no weapons capabilities of the the world will continue to watch very closely general thank you very much -- --