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All right reports of North Korea -- nuclear threats at a North Korea targeting the US saying it has -- long range missiles.
In the combat mode aimed at numerous western targets ambassador John Bolton former US ambassador to -- and Fox News contributor with -- announcer.
Good morning -- -- more words or more than that.
Well I think the threat to use.
Missiles against targets in the United States like Alaska Hawaii or bases like in Guam or -- -- -- Is probably remote as of this moment.
But make no mistake the north Koreans are getting closer to making those threats of reality and their ability to hit closer targets in Japan or South Korea.
That can't be dismissed I think the most immediate concern is that with all this belligerent.
There is a risk of North Korea taking some provocative action sinking a South Korean ship as they did a little over a year ago.
We're doing something that could get us.
Very quickly into a larger confrontation this is a very dangerous regime it is not rational and our terms.
And even though there they're more extravagant threats are not realistic you have to take this kind of things serious.
They pick up on the point you make because they have threatened in the past and they have acted on those threats especially when comes at a South Korean neighbor down here.
Crossed the 38 parallel Japan off to the east but specifically for western targets American targets they talked about.
Wall they've talked about Hawaii they've talked about certain western American cities that we can show -- on the map here in just a moment -- it pulls up here.
And I you know wet wet weather you apply -- to this or not mr.
It is it is fair to say that they can not taking nuclear warhead and put it on a rocket.
But they can take a long range rocket and perhaps you know -- it.
Anchor -- Seattle more likely out here Honolulu Hawaii or Guam is that the more likely scenario when it comes unites states.
Well I think that is possible now that people -- why would they do I think so foolish the United States would retaliate overwhelmingly.
It would be a disastrous mistake for South Korea to do it.
That that's only if you think North Korea his leadership is just as rational as we are.
Guys called me you're imaging it's a real problem that the State Department your reasonable guy think the people on the other side of the negotiating table -- reasonable.
Not necessarily and and it's the kind of Hitler in the bunker mentality that has pervaded the North Korean leadership's thinking over the years that that really should worry is it it shows why.
That the continuation.
Of the rouge regime itself in North Korea.
Guys it is a problem that we need to be addressing didn't really just as much as the nuclear capability and.
We and we we've addressed this to just in the past ten days or so.
-- -- this is a long range missile animation here behind us here from North Korea.
If that were to launch we've just taken more anti missile batteries and move them now to the West Coast initially they had been planned.
They were canceled by the current administration and now they have reversed course would.
Would that serve logic in order to prevent a possible hit.
On the western part of the US.
Well I think we should have done -- we should have deployed these missiles in 2009 when they -- originally scheduled an and although there was great fanfare for that announcement they won't actually to be deployed until 2017.
But it's intended to protect innocent American.
Populations against this kind of threat from.
Rogue states it's why we need a much more robust national missile defense.
Capability than the Obama administration's planning and we need as our military is done over flying North Korea.
Recently two to have the capability to respond to tried to deter.
This irrational regime but it's it's not a it's not a place we should want to be I think our objective here.
I should be the elimination of the North Korean regime that peaceful reunification of the peninsula we said that's our policy since 1945 we need to act on it.
One more point here they shelled an island three years ago killed four people.
The responsible for killing 46 sailors when they sank -- South Korean naval ship.
But back to your first answer you believe that action is more likely and at this -- in both those cases the South Korean government even though was under relatively conservative president -- time took no retaliatory action opinion and South Korea but very negative on the lack of retaliation so you've got a newly elected.
President South Korea now if there's another incident like that killing.
That's South Korean military personnel or civilians think the pressure for retaliation would be -- and that's -- miscalculation.
On North Korea's.
Part could -- and something very very serious with American troops there on the peninsula thank you sir John Bolton.
ambassador from Washington.
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