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War may break out at any moment.
Those words from a North Korean officials just one day after saying he's rockets were ready to strike.
Of course experts say North Korea likely would not risk an actual war likely.
But it's the latest in a germanic escalation of tough talk from that hermit kingdom.
-- -- cut another critical hotline with South Korea the third hotline severed in recent weeks.
And remember North Korea recently tossed it cease fire with South Korea.
Threatens a -- Washington.
And put out propaganda videos like this one showing New York City up in -- The chief -- correspondent Jonathan Hunt is in studio you know we've.
We've missed in this we've we've heard this sort of rhetoric over and over again is there anything that specifically different about this well there is some difference -- that you remember a few weeks ago.
We heard that the north Koreans were gonna shut down the hall lines wants to fall but those four Red Cross -- hotlines.
A hotlines that dealt with humanitarian.
Issues between north and South Korea.
This is the closing down of the lost -- military.
To military communication.
Between north and sad that -- -- -- -- Makes everybody very nervous and the rhetoric we've heard before stepped up even more a few not -- By the north Koreans today a statement read out on state TV said in pop not woods but only palms will -- on the US.
And the South Korean puppet forces.
The will all of the army and the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea North Korea to you and me to safeguard the sovereignty and the supreme dignity of the country.
Will be displayed through practical.
Physical -- interactions so yes ship -- -- question we've heard and seen this kind of thing biffle.
But it is certainly.
Reaching new and obviously dangerous levels it does anyone think that North Korea might seriously want to start a war even even this new leader they don't want to stop a war with the United States they know that that would be effectively suicide but what you have here is a young man a new leader Kim Jong -- Kim young got.
Trying to prove himself that worries a lot of experts.
I'm on the other side you have the North Korean military generals trying to tax this young man.
And trying to exercise their own power so one of the -- is here.
Is that you get people in its pressured situations.
They might make a mistake they might pull the trigger literally or figuratively when they don't really mean to.
That could spot any -- of conflagration.
On the Korean Peninsula it's frankly.
Not a case of the north Koreans firing any sort of long range missile towards the United States it's what they might do on a low a level.
Towards South Korea or -- towards Japan.
That could spark a much when a conflict.
That's the -- right -- that makes sense Jonathan -- going to be thank you more now on what these latest -- really do mean PJ Crowley is with us again.
Former assistant secretary of state now professor at George Washington University.
In DC any difference here as far as practically speaking.
I agree totally with what Jonathan just said if -- by itself this action we've seen it heard it before.
But its trajectory is what's what's -- -- here.
Because as -- and escalation after escalation after escalation the potential for miscalculation.
Goes up and and not only do you have an unproven leader on the north side.
You've got a new president on the south side.
Exchanges of fire you will the last couple of years for the sinking of the -- on.
-- South Korean ship.
You also -- a firing on young young island.
At the end of the previously administration.
He was determined to retaliate.
Return fire -- North -- -- again.
And now the park administration coming in -- -- through the same things you have that kind of low level event that escalates in this on the far more dangerous.
You're you mentioned the sinking of that South Korean ship a few years back we covered that and extensively there was what amounts to now with hindsight a cooling off period afterward.
But there's also been a promise that's that should anything like that happen again the retaliation will be swift.
Which leaves again to your concern of what if one person on the on the border at the DMZ makes one mistake tensions are high right now.
Sure but I think it has to something a little bit -- that -- public opinion on one side or the other.
And so you know the the real dilemma here is you've got these escalation -- real challenges.
How do you.
China has some influence.
With that North Korea doesn't want to see an implosion of that regime but it's also having its own struggles with.
Having the same kind of sensible dialogue with the new leader that had -- -- father so China is also very frustrated by this although it's not likely to take decisive action.
Attempt to tell North Korean knock them off -- what one more thing the -- game remind us for further north Koreans no matter who their leader.
By the end game is to survive.
And -- I mean in essence this is a criminal state.
They make money off of a variety of unsavory and illegal activities.
They wanna be able to continue here they wanna have normal relations with the world they want to keep their nuclear weapons and the dilemma if in North Korea what -- new and untested leader is.
-- is somebody gonna tell them you can't have one of those or two of those you certainly can't have all three.
PJ Crowley on Capitol Hill TJ thank you.
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