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Well turning now to -- the -- and North Korea -- the nation apparently angry over its failed rocket launched.
Now gets ready to retaliate according to reports and there are some growing fears it will push ahead with a third nuclear attacks.
What makes that particularly disturbing again -- some reports experts say they believe that this nuclear device.
Well for the very first time use highly enriched uranium.
And that's a sign the north could be improving its nuclear weapons capability.
-- this is not going on is the house is now holding a hearing on the threat posed by.
North Korea joining us now Michael -- director Japan's cities and resident scholar and Asian studies.
At the American Enterprise Institute -- might have some -- the describing the situation with North Korea.
As an escalating crisis why.
Good morning -- I think that the problem is is that they are no longer waiting as they used to do in the path in the past to see how we would react.
But they're pushing forward.
One big mistake that the Obama administration made.
Was tying the humanitarian food aid to the political agreement we've never done that before.
We we canceled BA because we couldn't go forward with it after the the rocket misfire but.
And now you -- different Arenas and Michael disagreement -- -- just happened in late February.
Absolutely it it only took two weeks for them to break agreements that that number one is worrying.
Now the north Koreans are claiming they were the aggressors because were not giving them the food aid that they were expecting and so they've they've.
Decided to -- renege on their agreement with us completely and forever twenty ninth.
Not let atomic inspectors back in they're definitely gonna go ahead with another nuke test which as you pointed out will probably be uranium for the first time.
And the truth is we have very few tools that we that we can use to respond to this we are completely on the defensive right now.
Michael what do the north Koreans want.
It's a great question you know we knew that maybe we could -- solve this fifteen or twenty years ago number one the regime wants to survive.
Number two it wants to be recognized as a nuclear power which is something we have resisted for now.
Number three it wants to be able to ensure that it has the ability.
To basically stop us from from trying regime change we're not gonna do it anymore because they have.
We know they have some nuclear weapons we know that they have so many thousands of artillery pieces placed in Seoul or pointed at -- That they can basically be assured of all of the illegal activities that they carry on to enrich themselves.
We're gonna do nothing in the truth is we've been doing very little for a very long time.
You -- our options are limited we do have 30000 troops.
In the DMZ there the demilitarized zone and and they're stationary they've been there for years do you see.
At a real possibility that we can be -- some way into a military conflict.
On the Korean Peninsula.
Well I think that we.
We we could be pushed in if they -- -- they force South Korea.
Into reacting as as the south has said they will -- there's another attack on their territory it could be a full fledged war and we're bound by treaty to support South Korea.
I don't think were going to initiate a war with the north out out of the blue.
And basically the troops have been there and we talked about this last time I was on the -- have been there and you know they.
They have helped keep the peace for fifty years over fifty years now sixty years in in South Korea.
On that border between the north in the south so.
Without the troops you know I don't know what we could have expected.
The problem is -- right by having those troops there with an increasingly erratic regime -- we don't understand who's in charge right now.
Means that there is a possibility for miscalculation.
And -- need to be a lot clearer.
And I say push in to accomplish the whole process that's a question of whether -- -- we would choose at a certain point to get involved in the conflict if the timing in the situation was that and of course -- -- -- leave that up for further debate Michaels who is nice to have you and your expertise thank you so much and you.
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