Assessing North Korea's reported plans for rocket testing
What is rogue nation's connection to Iran?
- Duration 4:29
- Date Dec 11, 2012
What is rogue nation's connection to Iran?
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We'll bring out the window to -- is open but North Korea as having had been a problem scientists are reportedly dismantling a controversial long range rocket.
To fix what's been reported as a technical glitch.
-- head of a planned launch sometime this month.
The launch and another failed attempt in April.
-- widely condemned by the United States and South Korea which say it's -- cover for testing technology for missiles that could reach Los Angeles.
North Korea denies that saying listen this is in Iraq at this to weather satellite that we're putting up into orbit Gordon Chang is next he's lacking a little -- -- this is author of the coming collapse of China has -- a great deal about North Korea.
What's going on there.
Well I think the north Koreans want to launch and people sort of focus in on the political issues like for instance this is going to be the first year of the anniversary of Kim Jong -- rule causes dad died.
Middle of December but it's really I think because of Iran.
The Iranians want a long range missile the north Koreans have to test it to show that it works because the north Koreans need the cash and the Iranians are gonna buy something that fail that's.
Very interesting because you mentioned this -- last week and since that time -- can Madison no way we're not in any sort of business with North Korea now and that's that they say right and so -- is that -- to be skeptical look into this what makes you really believe that that connection is being made.
Well we know who is in North Korea for a ran -- some representatives of this -- how dependent industrial group.
They're the people who at the end of the last decade two decades ago.
-- North Korea's no Dong missile -- repainted it with the grainy and colors and then they each gave it to the armed forces.
Which then unveiled it as the show Hobbs three so this connection goes back about 1520 year.
You're -- -- riding officials are on the ground right now in North Korea right has nothing to do with terrorists and this time a year.
They're doing business there are well it subfreezing temperatures -- they're -- there for skiing now.
We have asked about the money.
But -- is -- -- North Korea needs some money but we know Ryan's been under these very tight sanctions that have affected their economy.
Let's talk about the -- trail is there any other money involved where it is the money trail lead.
Yeah will the money trail does lead to Iran because Iran does not provide technical assistance to the north Koreans as many people -- -- -- provides the cash.
And and so this is something that we can use to squeeze -- north Koreans because a north Koreans test because they think there are no consequences to it.
But we've got to remember that in 2005 the Bush Administration imposed financial sanctions on North Korea.
We cut them off from the global financial system the only way North Korea could transfer money around the world -- -- -- cash -- suitcases and give it to their diplomats.
Now we unfortunately.
Lifted those sanctions too early at Beijing's behest so we shouldn't be listening to China when it comes to North Korea.
Very interesting you bring that is David Albright was on our show yesterday at an expert when it comes nuclear technology and in Kuwait and sanctions in this whole.
All the details that surround the sort of story and he said that there's actually more to be done when it comes to sanctions on North Korea and he believes that's a way to solve this what do you think yeah.
Absolutely because a lot of people who say that we're sanctioned out there's nothing more that we can do but that's not true because we saw with financial sanctions.
And there's also that we could stop North Korea's proliferation of missile parts so for instance this year the South Korea and stop the Chinese vessel.
Which had graphite cylinders and it and those came from North Korea and probably we're going to Syria first Syria is missile programs that China has -- wrong on this -- -- -- China has been backing both Iran and North Korea with regard to both missiles and nukes.
Where can you point CO an example though -- sanctions.
Have actually worked.
When it comes to North Korea or Iran -- anywhere because North Korea obviously is still pursuing.
A very high tech weapon right according to these reports say deny it -- Should be fair when have sanctions really worked.
Who they work between 2005 -- 2007 with regard to those financial sanctions I talked about but they of course they also work with South Africa which is the prime example.
And they probably have also worked with regard to Yugoslavia when the country's going through so many problems no sanctions can have an effect.
They've not enough on their own but when you do that with other diplomacy.
The they can have a lot of effect on these regimes for -- right now is reeling because of the financial sanctions that the US imposed on the central bank of Iran.
That's -- think that's what many say right big question is do we see them.
Test nuclear weapon in the next 61218 months and then we'll have to -- or not sanctions work generously at the -- to -- for that.
According it's nice to have handset thank you very much appreciate as always we're.