How should US respond to North Korean missile launch?
General Bob Scales sounds off
- Duration 4:27
- Date Dec 13, 2012
General Bob Scales sounds off
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A North Korea raising new nuclear fears today after defying the international community by launching a long range rocket now many analysts expect.
North Korea to follow up with the lines.
That is a nuclear testing they have nuclear capabilities -- this -- sparking a lot of concern here stateside but -- for the nearly 30000 US troops.
That are stationed in nineteen militarized zone.
Protecting South Korean major general Bob scales.
As a Fox News military analyst general skilled as you watch what North Korea is doing.
Makes sense of it and and what type of threat do you think they oppose that's.
Well this is a real -- a cottage I mean north despite demonstrated that they have the technology to do.
Three stage rocket -- at what that means is they have the ability to.
Build an ICB of the could reach the western United States Guam Hawaii.
And of course Alaska what they haven't does demonstrate the ability.
Did -- with a nuclear weapons but the payload in this -- over the top three rocket was about a hundred kilograms about 220 pounds.
At their stage of nuclear development they would -- Could get a terrorize a nuclear weapon down -- -- but they would need to miniaturized it down to about -- a time.
About 15100 to 2000 pounds of lift -- orbit right now they're a long way from that but that's not the point.
Now let's get it's now an engineering problem for North Korea and not a scientific and technical problem and that.
Poses over the next few years a real risk to the United States CC it.
They're not there yet but again that's not the point so what do we do about general scale yeah there're couple things the first thing that I think we must do.
Is expand our psychological operations campaign against the north we tried this about 1015 years ago it was affected -- stop.
Look what is at Abu logical operations.
In other words we have to we have to use modern.
-- technology FaceBook Twitter -- the Internet.
To get to the man in the street in North Korea -- and that you're now absolutely convinced him that he's living on 800 calories a day.
And yet his leaders are launching satellites into space.
And and try to create that element of discontent -- some evidence that I've read recently.
That Kim Jong ill is having difficulty gaining and maintaining command.
Authority of the country perhaps that's one of the reasons for this early launch.
And so this is an opportunity to cause regime change if you will of the north that's about the only way that we could topple this regime regime.
Kim Jong there is no longer going to be.
Approach through sanctions or through any type of military action it has to be something that's direct and threatens his control power.
He was inches and a year -- year student of history at your Ph.D.
in history as well along with being in general what I think is pretty cool.
And I like to bring in that general -- what are the things that I was looking out when I was raisers in North -- the fact that we actually don't have an official peace treaty.
With the country we have an armistice agreement after the war there but -- nearly sixty years no peace treaty.
And this is something that the north Koreans want.
How does that figure in Q what's going on here and how does that potentially give us some more tools to deal with North Korea.
Well remembered an armistice is not an uncommon thing remember the first -- war ended with an armistice.
Capped with a treaty -- -- a couple of years later it works to the benefit of the north Koreans not to.
Not to -- translate this armistice -- to a peace treaty because they.
On a state of perpetual war with South Korea and the United States and that's how they explain to their citizens that's the reason -- that they give for developing the rockets and having a one point two million man army and having 151000 artillery pieces that could range -- That's the only justification they can offer is the fact that the United States is their bitter enemy.
And they have to prepare against it and they do that by propping themselves up as the regime leaders of North Korea.
Changes in cancers and is is telling us yesterday the military first policy.
In the country is one of the reasons why the rest of the population is in the state that it is general scales is always a pleasure to have you on the show thank you so much that you --