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Right now new threats from a nuclear armed North Korea.
That rogue nations says it is putting its rocket and artillery units into combat mode and threatening -- hit US military bases in places like.
And even the US mainland.
The north says it's in response to the US bombers that have been flying sorties that it claims threaten its sovereignty.
Major general Bob scales is a Fox News military analyst and spent some time in North Korea five years in fact I'm sorry in Korea.
Over his time on in military service that spans some three decades we have a photo -- -- general from that time period I -- -- -- the artillery that I value and that help protect the area along.
I did you have winterize zone.
Is so what's this all about North Korea is is saying you know ordering its military on high alert is this more -- -- -- it's mostly bluster I mean they they can't reach.
Anywhere with a nuclear weapon they can't reach the United States.
With the conventional rocket they could possibly range.
Guam -- -- submarines and B fifty twos -- station but only with a conventional.
Weapon and they'd be lucky even to hit the island.
The great threat John courses artillery as Jennifer said earlier there's 151000.
Guns that are dug into these -- sites these hardened artillery sites facing south.
The 17 in elevator -- on gun and the -- -- multiple rocket launcher can reach can range.
Not only many American units but they could also reach through most of soul.
And the great fears that north Koreans will do some provocative act where they hold the conventional advantage -- -- have a huge advantage of protected artillery over the south and so the fear.
Among the US commanders is that north will simply fire a few rounds to the south perhaps even at a US military base with conventional round maybe fire scud.
Did basically force the American -- coalition to respond and that would be sort of the nightmare scenario that job well the Pentagon.
Has responded this morning and let me read off of the computer.
What the Pentagon spokesman George Little said he calls this a well worn pattern of bellicose threats.
Says the rhetoric is too high and this doesn't help we meaning the Pentagon.
Are concerned about anything that might destabilize.
The Korean Peninsula.
Of the north Koreans are claiming that we are the provocative tour -- here because we've been flying B fifty twos.
Over South Korea or maybe an international airspace along the coast.
Yes very abusive because the last time we include fifty B fifty twos over South Korea was after the tree -- -- -- -- 1976.
Really got the Koreans attention.
They know what the B 52 as it's.
An airplane that delivers nuclear weapons and so I happen personally to.
Having -- in the past in seeing it now I think that was a very appropriate response look the North Korea concern right.
Are a criminal state their whole purpose for existence is to maintain the ruling elite there's nothing -- it for them to start a war.
What they're trying to do is extort resources from China and the rest of the western nations -- they use the dollar cost city.
To create -- certain -- most importantly I attempt to split the US Korean coalition where they can gain an advantage this is not about war this is about provocation.
And the US in the South Korean forces are doing exactly the right thing is that they're holding on there are mildly provocative in return.
And waiting for the north Koreans to -- -- So there are a lot of moms and dads and husbands and wives out there who have you know soldiers and and troops along.
The border with North Korea what do you say to them right now should they be worried.
Well -- again my view and I think -- view of most of the people I've talked with the Pentagon that this is merely a provocation it's more an indication of internal dissension within North Korea between.
Kim Jong who -- and his military leaders where he's trying to look tough for the military leaders are trying to game this.
Is it more provocative now than in the past yes is the likelihood of war very high I would argue it's very very low.
Because there's nothing.
That the north Koreans can gain from attacking South Korea that just their utter destruction John.
Some reassuring words there from our Fox News military analyst major general Bob scales retired from the army general thank you.
Thank you John.
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