Report: North Korea may test long-range missile
How should U.S. respond?
- Duration 5:09
- Date Nov 27, 2012
How should U.S. respond?
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All right happening.
Concerns that North Korea may be preparing to test fire a long range missile that could be capable.
Averaging the US mainland in -- recent satellite images reportedly show increased activity at North Korea's missile test site -- -- you're seeing on your screen there meaning alliance could happen.
And the next few weeks again according to these reports the Pentagon so far has no comment on this.
The State Department says they scenery -- this possible launch same report that we're seeing in the media.
And there reminding North Korea had that they are banned by UN sanctions from working with ballistic missiles.
Now despite that -- and we should mention North Korea has test fired several long range missiles in the past.
General Jack Keane -- a retired four star army general and a Fox News military analyst general -- we spend so much time talking about the Middle East North Korea has -- way.
I just reminding us that they're still there.
I thought I tell us a little bit about these long range missiles first off.
What are really looking at here.
Well first of all -- on North Korea has a nuclear weapon and -- guarantees of preservation of the regime.
And they so they've they've been in them missile build and program and ballistic missile building program specifically here for some time.
That the last test they run on these things you could have been a failure and as you know back in April Kim -- little very uncharacteristically.
Of a regime leader.
Actually advertise to test.
And and that and the -- went -- about fifty or sixty miles and fell into the cities so you we knew for a fact you do to get around to have and another test of this thing.
It may be tied actually two upcoming election in South Korea which is -- on the nineteenth of of December.
-- will be big prize you're not surprised -- -- hearing about this now.
No no not at all I mean that.
They clamor for attention.
From South Korea from the Japanese and from the United States.
And and this is more about that and they normally.
When they get a little rough with the South Koreans or do something to -- the anger of the United States.
Usually they get some kind of concession frankly so it's usually politically motivated to be sure but listen.
The Central Intelligence -- job is to figure out what their motivation is the defense department's job is to have the capability.
To defend against and adversaries.
Military capacity -- -- Defense Department takes a very serious.
Let me let me sappy America's image showing some you know -- we called B roll -- different missiles firing off and why be really clear about what type.
This all what kite -- -- capability a long range missile like the one we're saying could be tested.
What have can you tell us a little bit about that weapon -- and what kind of defense is we do you have against that because often times North Korea is dismissed as we know.
It only takes one weapon to be successful tested or otherwise to really.
I've changed the story if you -- general so it just tells a little bit about that.
Where you actually right Jeremy -- as I was saying the Defense Department takes any emissaries cut capacity very seriously and leaves the motivation up that intelligence community in this case.
This this -- that they appear to be ready to test based on open sources.
Can go about 4000 plus miles you know so it can reach Alaska -- it it didn't it can touch touch Hawaii to be sure.
We've got defense missile defense systems and placed to deal with this kind of capability we have.
Land based systems in Alaska that that can deal with -- -- we have -- -- cruisers which received based systems.
That can also deal with that sort of -- -- -- has the capacity.
To deal with this kind of capability.
It was only a few short years ago.
And that North Korea was threatening to develop a nuclear weapon we had heavy sanctions in place to try to keep them from doing that and and one day we -- up.
And you're testing your nuclear weapon in Austin we look at North Korea as a model potentially for -- -- because we have a serious sanctions on Iran right now in general I'm just.
Curious based on what you're seeing from North Korea today.
Knew what -- -- scenario is do you see -- with Iran playing out whether or not they eventually test their own nuclear weapon.
And what we can expect that from -- if and when -- DO.
We'll look at I think -- Romanians have always looked at this chapter.
And in North Korea as it pertains the United States general nuclear weapon as something as very favorable to them because that's the facts are we were negotiating with the north Koreans.
About them not having.
A nuclear capability.
They develop a nuclear capabilities we we in the sense negotiated ourselves right into a North Korean nuclear weapons capability.
And when you look at Iran are they doing the same thing today.
You betcha and ended depending on the United States.
Desire to solve a problem diplomatically.
And and also what some -- pressure on them.
And they'll keep moving that nuclear development program forward which they are doing right now as we speak.
It -- situation this type a scenario that's played both democratic.
I Democrats and and Republican.
Administration so it's something that we'll take a closer look at Shirley I think that it next several -- generals always nice to have you thank you so much.
They're good talking -- --