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-- confirming that two American B two bombers like the ones shown here were sent on a round -- training mission.
From its base in Missouri to an island off South Korea.
And carried out a training run on a bombing range off the coast there the news comes only days.
After North Korea threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the US and South Korea the regime cutting off communications saying that war could break out quote.
At any moment.
Nancy Norris co-founder of the foreign policy initiative who previously served.
As -- pentagon and White House advisor Dan welcome back to me to be really so good morning to you.
What are we to make of all the moving parts on this story now.
Well you have obviously a new leader North Korea who's being even more provocative than his predecessor.
I think in general sense that the US posture.
-- to the region has been has been weaker and capitalizing on that.
I think we should be concerned the North Korean regime.
That has said in the past -- communicated that it believes its buildup of its nuclear capabilities as well as building up its conventional capabilities to pose a real threat.
To South Korea has always been.
Indispensable if you will to its survival and I think you're you're seeing a lot of that play out there's this town on this this joint industrial park and -- town right on the border.
Between north and South Korea.
Where it's one of the few places if not the only place where you have North Korean workers in South Korean workers.
Working day in day out and there's been.
Access in the past for the south to get that town that's being shut down to than the north is really getting into a sort of fortress mentality -- shutting off all access points.
-- ones that -- -- truly had a a symbolic and they don't know what we are told to the headlines and and went to the north has a problem with the increased sanctions against his country.
Well like you but you're making the case that the US has not been as strong.
As it had been say what seven or eight years ago -- there were tougher sanctions in place.
They were they were scaled back dramatically.
Is as an effort under the State Department to to try to restart the six party talks.
And so the the really tough sanctions were were were pulled back now there are some sanctions in place by the UN that have had moderate impact.
But not the sort of severe impact that we hope they have.
The other thing that's important here bill.
Is we need to use these moments.
To really build up cooperation.
Military training logistical cooperation.
Between the United States between South Korean between Japan most for military logistics a lot of our military logistics for South Korea goes to Japan are we gonna are we not doing that we're doing so that we need to do more.
I'm much more and that really strengthen the alliance in Asia.
To sort of really isolate North Korea here.
And then there's a lot we could be doing with regard to China mean China at the end of the day has enormous leverage over North Korea and we need to ask real questions about whether or not China is doing -- -- Hand to really help -- the -- These are these are all fair points and I think we've argued them over the past several years again and again and again.
Now with regard to these interceptors -- -- -- and animation.
-- you know the Obama administration -- change course are gonna move more interceptors in the western coast of the United States.
But they will not be in place until what 2017.
Yeah there were there are there are thirty.
Interceptors who's -- be increased to 41.
Into early 2009.
The Pentagon announced that those interceptors the expansion of the interceptors.
Would be cut they now recently announced that they will reactivate them they will set them up that your point is a fair one.
It's gonna take some time and given the increasingly.
Rhetoric coming out of North Korea's new leader.
And it combined with some of these actions they're taking.
Is it's worrisome that these interceptors won't be up sooner again I think there -- a lot of steps you can take isolate the regime and do more to.
To try to suffocate the regime particularly working closely with our allies in the region.
But this this announcement of the new interceptors it's important that it was -- import that were reactivating them.
We should have done sooner for the precise precise reason you -- in terms just that the time delay.
Just one more point on this and it's it's it's a big point but I want to put a fine point on it.
You know -- you when you read headlines like these and in if one side makes a mistake who knows what happens after that it's.
Do you think were at that point the possibility.
Yeah war started by North Korea I.
You know -- I don't want to.
I don't know overstate things -- be inflammatory and I do not believe we are on the costs of war.
What I do think however bill is in this kind of situation when things when tensions get hot.
And there's a breakdown in communication which it seems to be -- -- space on the public source information appears to.
Be some kind of breakdown in communication and assertive -- being pursued and assertive breakdown in communication by the north.
We should be worried we should be concerned that you know mistakes can happen and provocations and -- combined with miscommunication can lead to a real.
I don't want to say that were on the cusp of war but I can't say this to miss communications can occur.
That could that could you know trigger.
And I think you know all too well to -- the United States tells the world that B two bombers.
Have flown on a training mission halfway around the world it is significant -- -- what you -- do it coming and we'll -- against him convincingly -- -- -- in New York.
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