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We -- up to this headline this morning North Korea threatening a preemptive nuclear attack against the United States.
This coming on the same day that US and South Korean military exercises -- Taking place in the Pacific in the United Nations could impose hero in New York its strongest sanctions yet as punishment for last month nuclear test.
-- general Jack he retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army and a Fox News military analyst general good morning to you.
Lot to go -- -- -- here there's a vote in the UN Security Council may be about fifteen minutes from now civil weighed on that but we heard about the threat when we woke up today.
It's happened before but is this different a different kind of threat from from.
-- Really I mean it's different in the sense that's Kim Jong-Il -- it.
The 28 year old leader out of the country and you know he's frustrated by the sanctions that are gonna take place today.
And so -- -- fact that rusher in China.
Weeks of negotiation of also agreed to the sanctions the Chinese in particular.
And in depth they are frustrated with the north Koreans because they.
They laid the law down and they told them listen.
We got a transition of power taken place in our country and we don't want trouble.
On the peninsula.
And despite that.
They conducted a ballistic test first.
-- December that we all witnessed a ballistic missile test and -- they conducted a nuclear test.
In February sort of Chinese.
Are us frustrated as everybody else finally we're gonna get some results -- I want to show our viewers an actor in a moment but you know in light of what you just mentioned about these tests that have that that are recent just in the past month or -- Should we take the threat more seriously now because of -- well like most analyst include myself that gets.
-- -- -- -- but nonetheless.
You know the Pentagon.
Takes the capabilities.
That the north Koreans have seriously I mean this is a country.
With a nuclear weapon probably four -- five and they're trying to weaponized that in the sense they wanna put it on them.
And certainly we take that seriously given.
The kind of people that run this regime it clearly is a rogue regime and it's very repressive to its people but.
The truth is they do not have any interest in territorial expansion.
That trying to preserve what they have they have a nuclear weapon to guarantee the preservation of the regime that's fundamentally what has taken.
-- the thing is to keep in mind -- -- -- cooperation to what extent is with Iran right now to and that nuclear program.
I hear the players in the region Japan to the east Russia China South Korea here advance it one time going back in 1953.
38 parallel is what set up north and South Korea that was the armistice that was agreed to still technically at war today in just two days ago.
The north again they threaten to blow up -- armistice that's been in place since 1953.
A one last thing here -- -- ask you about this to in this the range of capability that North Korea may or may not half.
Here's Hawaii on the map down here or Honolulu said to be a range of 6200 miles which if that is the case general.
That would take him what Anchorage Seattle Portland San Francisco.
Las Vegas and Los Angeles in addition to why do we believe they are this capable with this range at the moment with -- rocket system.
-- They they don't have that kind of range yet but -- -- developing that range and then and they eventually we'll have that kind of capacity.
Because they've got the scientists and technicians.
You know to be able -- do that and they they -- Want to achieve that they're gonna advertise it.
Because they use it as political brinksmanship.
And -- negotiations with the United States.
And one more thing here on this UN voted that may grab a headline this afternoon do you expect.
Much of anything to come from new additional sanctions against North Korea.
They'll be some sanctions -- and times some.
Restrictions on international banking.
Some control of trade but the truth of the matter is spelled.
We've been here before and sanctions.
And they developed a nuclear weapon we've been here before on sanctions and now.
They've got to capability of a missile and a weapon it will have no impact on the restraint on general thank you for your insight Jack -- out of Washington today and answer.
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